Sydney Roy (Syd) COOPER

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COOPER, Sydney Roy

Service Number: 5679
Enlisted: 14 April 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wangolina, South Australia, 27 March 1895
Home Town: Kingston South East, Kingston, South Australia
Schooling: Wangolina State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 11 April 1917, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kingston South East War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

14 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5679, Adelaide, South Australia
27 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5679, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5679, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Barambah, Melbourne
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 5679, 48th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First)

Postcard from Syd (2)

France
April 3rd
Dear Mary
Just a few lines in answer to your welcome letters that you wrote when you were home Xmastime. They only turned up last night. We had three months mail somewhere but I got ten last night.
We are having a bit warmer weather now, and have got old Fritz going that fast we have a job to keep up with him.
Well must close for this time with love
from Syd


[Syd's sister Mary wrote on this card "Last letter from Syd. Killed at Bullecourt 11-4-17"]

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Postcard from Syd (1)

Dear Aunt April 5 NF
Just a few lines in answer to your very welcome letter that I received last night. If we go on at the pace we are going now we will be in Germany in a week or two time. They said in there letter from home that Tom used to go for the cows every morning he must be getting a bit of a jockey
Well I hope to be home before next Xmas. Must close
love from Syd

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Biography contributed by Frederick Knerkstein

"5679 Private Sydney Cooper, 48th Battalion. A farmer prior to enlisting on 14 April 1916, Pte Cooper embarked for overseas service on 27 June 1916. He was appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal (L Cpl) on 5 January 1917. L Cpl Cooper was killed in action in France on 11 April 1917, aged 22 years old." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)