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Private (later Lieutenant) William Cooper

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Arthur Cooper

Ancestor's date of birth: 05/04/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 24/01/1953

Cause of Death: Age Related

Service Number: 1371

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Goulburn

Unit: NSW Imperial Bushmen - D Company

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 01/01/19

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LT, Date Effective: 04/03/1918

Murray Page: 99

Contingent: Fourth New South Wales

Ship: Amenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900

Other Boer War Service: 20 months service with the 6th Imperial Bushman Boer War, A South African Contingent. He may also have served in the 3rd NSW Imperial Bushman but service was not recorded.

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal,Rhodesia and SA 1901 clasps. 1914/15 Star,

Personal Characteristics: Height: 180 cm, weight: 76 kg (1915). Medium complexion, grey eyes, brown hair.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: 1900 - May 1901 in Rhodesia and west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901).

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a Butcher. Joined 3rd reinforcements for the 12 LH AIF, 19 May 1915. When he joined the AIF, he indicated he was single, but did have family. He was attached to the Camel Transport Corps, promoted WO2 24 January 1916. Commissioned 4 March 1918 in the Egyptian Camel Transport Corps.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Lorna Burdon, Mt Macedon VIC

Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter


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