Albert George COOPER

Badge Number: P5861, Sub Branch: Keswick
P5861

COOPER, Albert George

Service Number: 2315
Enlisted: 7 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Parkside, South Australia, 13 June 1883
Home Town: Norwood, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, South Australia, 4 January 1960, aged 76 years
Cemetery: West Terrace Cemetery (General)
Section: Road 2; Path No. 21; E/W/-Count: W; Site No. 27
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World War 1 Service

7 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
7 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 2315, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2315, 32nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2315, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2315, 48th Infantry Battalion
14 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 48th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography

Born 13 June 1883 at Parkside, South Australia. 
(SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 305 Page: 469 District: Ade.)

Father Mr Benjamin COOPER and Mother Mrs Sarah Jane Cooper (nee SINGER)
they had "14" children, living at 40 Aveland Avenue, North Norwood, South Australia.

The COOPER family probably had very few equals, if any at all in the Commonwealth
and it may have been doubted wheterh there were many throughout the world who made
such a contribution to active service.

Next of kin in service:
Brothers:-
530   Private William James Cooper    -  (b. 13/5/1879 Thebarton, SA - d. 3/7/1953  Morgan, SA)
37     Private Thomas Henry Cooper   -   (b. 13/6/1881 Greens Plains, SA -
                                                                                                    d. 13/7/1955 Adelaide, SA)
5071  Private Ernest Walter Cooper     -  (b. 17/4/1885 Bowden, SA - d. 16/2/1959 Morgan, SA)
3407  Private Arthur Edmond Cooper  -  (b. 12/5/1887 Hindmarsh, SA - d. 4/8/14963 Nailsworth, SA)
1425  Private Francis Cooper              -  (b. 21/2/1890 Hindmarsh, SA - d.
3272  Private Harold Frederick Cooper - (b. 17/3/1895 Thebarton, SA - d. 19/2/1974 Adelaide, SA)
4095  Private Roy John Cooper           -  (b. 20/6/1898 Hindmarsh, SA - d.

Brother-in-law
2336  Private Frank Cocks                   - (b. 15/5/1889 Bugle Ranges, SA - d. 10/1/1930 Mitcham, SA)
         Father James Cocks and Mother Jane Tippet
         (SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 438 Page: 482 District: Str.)

Siblings:
Brother         William James COOPER                (b 13/5/1879 Thebarton, SA
Brother         Thomas Henry COOPER                (b 13/6/1881 Greens Plains, SA
Himself         Albert George COOPER            (b 13/6/1883 Parkside, SA
Brother          Ernest Walter COOPER                 (b 17/4/1885 Bowden, SA
Brother          Arthur Edwin COOPER                  (b 12/5/1887 Hindmarsh, SA
Sister            Ada Lawrence Ethel May COOPER (b 8/6/1888 Hindmarsh, SA
Twin Sister    Florence May COOPER                 (b 21/2/1890 Hindmarsh, SA
Twin Brother  Francis COOPER                          (b 21/2/1890 Hindmarsh, SA
Sister            Sarah Elizabeth COOPER             (b 24/6/1892 Thebarton, SA
Brother          Harold Frederick COOPER             (b 17/3/1895 Thebarton, SA
Sister            Hilda Myrtle COOPER                   (b 2/2/1897 Thebarton, SA
Brother          Roy John COOPER                       (b 20/6/1898 Hindmarsh, SA
Sister            Alice Pretoria COOPER                  (b 20/5/1900 Bowden, SA
Sister            Ruby Violet COOPER                    (b 10/12/1902 Adelaide, SA

1915 The COOPER family lived at 202 Gover Street, North Adelaide, SA.

Wife:           Emily Cooper (nee ____), living at 7 Lowe Street, Adelaide, SA.
                   4 children:
later moved to Caithness Street (off Thomas Street), Hyde Park, SA.

Albert lived at Parkside, prior to enlisting.

Described on enlisting as 33 years 8 months old; married; 5' 5" tall; 138 lbs;
medium complexion; brown eyes; brown hair; Church of England, tattoo left forearm,
loss of 2nd & 3rd toes on right foot.

7/1/1916         enlisted in Adelaide, SA

17/1/1916       Commanding Officer appointed Albert to C Company, 2nd Depot Battalion
                      Exhibition AIF Camp

9/3/1916         embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on board RMS Mongolia
                       as a Private in 4th reinforcements, 32nd Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry Brigade

19/4/1916       transferred to 48th Battalion

6/6/1916         embarked on board Franconia at Alexandria
16/6/1916        disembarked at Plymouth, England

22/9/1916        embarked for France
24/9/1916        marched in 4th ADBD, Etaples, France (from England)
6/10/1916        marched out to unit, Etaples, France

7/10/1916        taken on strength of 48th Battalon from 4th ADBD in the field

13/12/1916      illegally absent from AIF and loss of equipment
                       Field Court Martial (in the field) - sentenced to forfeiture of 757 days pay
                       (8/1/1917  suspended)

6/1/1917          illegally absented himself without leave
28/1/1917        court of enquiry

26/9/1917        apprehended
18/10/1917      Private AWOL
13/12/1917      Court of Enquiry held
21/12/1917      arrested

29/12/1917      rejoined 48th Battalion unit in the field

27/1/1918        sentenced to 10 years penal service and forfeits 377 days pay

10/3/1918        admitted to No.2 Military Prison, France - to undergo sentence of 10 years
20/3/1918        sentence commuted to 2 years

28/5/1919        transferred to UK to undergo sentence
29/5/1919        disembarked Southampton, from France under escort and proceeded to
                        HM Prison, Wormwood Scrubbs
30/5/1919         admitted to Lewes Detention Barracks, from London

18/6/1919         discharged from Lewes Detention Barracks to No.4 Group, Hurdcott
18/6/1919         sentence suspended on marching out from Lewes
19/6/1919         marched in to No.4 Group, Hurdcott
20/6/1919         marched ou to AAMC TD, Fovant

3/7/1919          returned to Australia on board Prinz Hurbertus
22/8/1919         disembarked into Adelaide, South Australia

14/10/1919      discharged from service in AIF 

Medals:
British War medal (10588) and Victory medal (10516)

4/1/1960          Albert passed away (aged 76 years)
buried in:          West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia
                        Section: Road 2; Path No. 21;  E/W/-Count: W;  Site No. 27
                        (Grant Expires: 31/12/2032)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  14/6/2015.  Lest we forget.

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