Charles William HOOPER


HOOPER, Charles William

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 17 May 1915, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Kenton Valley, South Australia, Australia, 13 April 1884
Home Town: Norwood, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide University
Occupation: Assayer
Died: Killed in action, Pozieres, France, 25 July 1916, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Corporation WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Norwood War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Wallaroo WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

17 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, South Australia
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
25 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

AUFC & AUCC - Anzac Day 2015

Extract from the Adelaide University Football Club and Adelaide University Cricket Club document honouring "The Fallen" Anzac Day 2015.

Charles played Intervarsity Football in 1904. He also played against a Combined Colleges side in 1905. He completed his BSc in 1904 and was working as a Metallurgist/Assayer at the Wallaroo Smelters.

Charles enlisted on 17th May 1915 and joined the 10th Battalion as a Lieutenant. He was in command of the 6th Reinforcements that joined the Battalion on Gallipoli on 4th August 1915. Promoted to Captain on 12th March 1916. Killed in action on 25th July 1917 at Pozieres. His grave was lost due to battle and shell fire and his name is now recorded on the wall of the memorial at Villiers Bretonneux.

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"Charles Hooper embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT A30 Borda on June 23, 1915, with team-mates Leslie Bryant and Clifford Cope. He then embarked from HMTS Berrima on August 1, 1915, for the Dardenelles, Alexandria and was General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1st Australian Division at Gallipoli until September 4, which was then absorbed into the 6th Reinforcements/10th Battalion at Gallipoli until September 18, 1915. On March 27, 1916, he proceeded from Alexandria to join the BEF embarking on the Laseonis for France and disembarking at Marseilles on 3 April. Charles Hooper was killed in action in the field near Poziers, France on July 25, 1916, and is buried between Poziers and Bazentin – Le Petit, about 5 miles north-east of Albert. His memorial cross is erected at Poziers British Cemetery."

Excerpt from Michael Coligan's Norwood Men Who Served, 2015.