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Bolsover Derbyshire
George was the son of John and Sarah Ann Cooper (née Fairweather). His father John was born in Norton, Leicestershire, in about 1850 (bap. Norton Juxta Twycross, June 1850), the son of George and Ann Cooper. In 1871 the family was living in Norton. His mother Sarah Ann was born in Measham, Leicestershire, possibly in about 1863, the daughter of Ann Fairweather. Her ages on the census between 1881 and 1911 vary. According to the information provided by John on the 1911 Census, he and Sarah had been married for 30 years ie 1881, but the only registration of marriage traced is that of John Cooper to Sarah Ann Fairweather in 1884 (reg. A/M/J Market Bosworth). They had 13 children of whom 12 survived infancy: John William b. Hucknall Torkard Nottinghamshire 1880, Harry b. Norton abt. 1882, Mary Jane b. Norton 1884, Walter b. Norton 1886, Joseph b. Norton 1889, Minnie b. Huthwaite (poss. Hucknall under Huthwaite) 1891, George b. Bolsover 1893, Beatrice Mary b. Bolsover 1896, Julia Ann b. Bolsover 1899, Herbert b. Mansfield Woodhouse abt. 1892, Ernest Edward b. Mansfield Woodhouse 1904 and Alfred Sam b. Mansfield Woodhouse 1909. In 1881 John, a coal miner, Sarah and their son John William were living in Hucknall with Julia Miller, John senior's sister, her husband and children. John and Sarah probably returned to Norton shortly after the census as their next four children were born there between about 1882 and 1889, but the family was recorded on the 1891 Census living on Newcastle Street, Hucknall: John, a coal miner, Sarah and their children John (10), Harry (8), Mary (6), Walter (4) and Joseph (2). Minnie was born in Hucknall later that year. The next three children were born in Bolsover between 1893 and about 1899, although by 1901 John and Sarah had moved to 4 Kilburn Terrace, Pleasley Vale Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, where they were living with nine of their 12 chldren: John and Harry who were both coal miners, Mary and Walter who were both cotton mill hands, Joseph, Minnie (9), George (7), Beatrice (4) and Julia (2). The famlly was recorded at 9 Kilburn Terrace by 1911. John was now employed as a farm labourer. Only nine of their 12 children were still living at home: Harry and Joseph who were both collier/hewers, Minnie a factory hand, George a collier/pony driver (below ground), Beatrice an apprentice dressmaker, Julia, Herbert (9), Ernest (6) and Alfred (2). Of their other three children, John William, his wife Mary (née Copley m. 1909) and their daughter were living in Albert Square, Mansfield Woodhouse, and while Mary and Walter have not yet been traced on the Census, Mary was probably married while Walter may have already been serving in the army. George married Minnie Stocks at Pleasley St Michael on 22 December 1915 while he was on Christmas leave. Minnie lived at 3 Priory Road, Mansfield Woodhouse. There were no children of the marriage. George's brother Walter was also killed in the war while serving with the East Yorkshire Regiment (see 'Extra information'). According to a report of George's death in the local paper, two other brothers also served, John in the Sherwood Foresters and Joseph in the Royal Engineers. An army disability pension record has been traced for a John William Cooper (23058 Private Notts & Derby Regiment) who was discharged on 9 August 1919. The later CWGC record gave their parents' address as 9 Kilburn Terrace. Their father may have died in 1935.
1911 - collier/pony driver below ground.
15 Oct 1916
759239 - CWGC Website
Residence Mansfield. Enlisted Nottingham
13th Coy Machine Gun Corps
13th Company Machine Gun Corps. Formerly 11808 Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) George Cooper probably enlisted before the war, either as a regular soldier or in the Territorial Force, as a newspaper report of his death noted that he had served for four years and was with the BEF in France from August 1914. He was killed in action on 15 October 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C).
George's brother, Walter, served with the East Yorkshire Regiment (92222 Private) and was killed on 2 August 1918. (See record on this Roll of Honour) CWGC: 'Son of John and Sarah Ann Cooper, of 9, Kilburn Terrace, Mansfield-Woodhouse; husband of Minnie Cooper, of Re-House, 3, Priory Rd., Mansfield-Woodhouse, Mansfield.' Mansfield Reporter, 10 November 1916: ‘Mansfield Woodhouse Soldier Reported Kiilled. The news of the death of Sergeant George Cooper, whose parents reside at 9 Kilburn-terrace, has not yet been officially confirmed. The only intimation at present is in a letter to his wife from one of comrades, Sergeant Stacey. Sergeant Cooper, who is attached to the 2nd Sherwood Foresters Machine Gun Corps, is a soldier with four years service to his credit. He was one of the first to be (-) a transport ship to meet the Huns in August two years ago. He was married whilst home on leave last Christmas and his wife resides at New Houghton. He has brothers serving, Joseph, in the Royal Engineers, now in France; John, with the Robin Hoods; Walter, who has seen 7 years’ service. He is in the East Yorks now on transport work.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Mansfield Reporter, 1 December 1916: Roll of Honour. Machine Gun Corps. Sergeant G Cooper 20813, Mansfield.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow Minnie was his sole legatee.
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  • Commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    George Cooper - Commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, France. (www.cwgc.org)