William Osborne COOPER MC

COOPER, William Osborne

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 16 February 1918, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, 13 February 1891
Home Town: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Queen's School, North Adelaide and Adelaide University
Occupation: Mercantile Clerk
Died: Glenelg, South Australia, 28 June 1930, aged 39 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: St Judes Cemetery
Show Relationships

World War 1 Service

16 Feb 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
28 Feb 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps
28 Feb 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps, HMAT Nestor, Melbourne
15 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, SN Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion
3 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

Help us honour William Osborne Cooper's service by contributing information, stories, and images so that they can be preserved for future generations.


Born 13 February 1891 in North Adelaide, South Australia
(SA Birth Record  1842 - 1906 Book: 474 Page: 439 District: Ade.)

Father Robert COOPER and Mother Mary Antill (nee OSBORNE)
living with his parents at Broadway, Glenelg, South Australia.

Previous Service: 28th Field Company (A.E.)

Described on enlisting 27 years old; single;
Church of England.

16/2/1918      Enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia

28/2/1918      Embarked from Port Melbourne, on board HMAT Nestor A71
                     as a 2nd Lieutenant with Australian Flying Corps - 1 Reinforcements.
                     Special Draft, AIF Officers. Special Draft, Royal Military College Graduates.
                     Clerks. Staff in Charge Jugo-Slavs [Yugoslavs].
                     Staff in Charge Italian Reservists. (August 1915 - September 1918)

13/3/1918      Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on board RMS Ormonde

31/8/1918      Recommended for Award - Military Cross
'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. In clearing Luck Wood on 23rd August 1918, he led his platoon against three enemy machine gun nests in succession, and, by his dash succeeded in overwhelming the enemy resistance before the remainder of his company got up. His fine example assisted the main advance considerably.'

1/2/1919        Awarded Military Cross


12/07/1919     Returned to Australia

Military Cross; British War medal; Victory medal


28/6/1930     William passed away (39 years old)
buried in:      St Judes Cemetery, Brighton, South Australia

Commenced - sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  10/3/2015.  Lest we forget.