Samuel Cooper

First Name: 
Samuel
Last Name: 
Cooper
Mother's Name: 
Fanny Cooper
Father's Name: 
Samuel Cooper
Date Enlisted: 
Monday, May 15, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
55th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, September 26, 1917
Place of Death: 
Polygon Wood, Yrpes, Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Samuel Cooper (Service No 2629) was born in Woonona, N.S.W. around 1887.  His family moved to the North Coast of N.S.W. and he was living in that area when he enlisted at Macksville at the age of 28.  He was single and worked as a timber getter.

Samuel embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A40 Ceramic with 6th Reinforcements on 7th October 1916.  The troops arrived in England on 21st November 1916 and Samuel joined 55th Battalion in France on 8th February 1917. 

He served on the Western Front and was fighting at Polygon Wood, Belgium, when he was killed on 26th September 1917.

There is no known grave for Samuel; he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, COOPER S

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