Ernest Walter COOPER

Badge Number: 88164, Sub Branch: State

COOPER, Ernest Walter

Service Number: 5071
Enlisted: 17 November 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bowden, South Australia, 17 April 1885
Home Town: Thebarton (Southwark), City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Morgan, South Australia, 16 February 1959, aged 73 years
Cemetery: Morgan Cemetery
Beside his brother #530 William James Cooper
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World War 1 Service

17 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
17 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 5071, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5071, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5071, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
21 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5071, 70th Infantry Battalion
19 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5071, 10th Infantry Battalion
27 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Born 17 April 1885 at Bowden, South Australia. 
(SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 349 Page: 409 District: Hin.)

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:
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)
2315  Private Albert George Cooper    -  (b. 13/6/1883 Parkside, SA - d. 4/7/1960 Adelaide, SA)
3407  Private Arthur Edmond Cooper  -  (b. 12/5/1887 Hindmarsh, SA - d. 4/8/1963 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.

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.)

Brother         William James COOPER                (b 13/5/1879 Thebarton, SA
Brother         Thomas Henry COOPER                (b 13/6/1881 Greens Plains, SA
Brother         Albert George COOPER                (b 13/6/1883 Parkside, SA
Himself        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.

Described on enlisting as 29 years 7 months; single; 5' 7 3/4" tall; 134 lbs;
medium complexion; grey eyes; dark brown hair; Church of England; tattoos on
both forearms and upper arms and chest.

17/11/1915     Enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia

17/11/1915     Commanding Officer appointed Ernest to A Company, 2nd Depot Battalion,
                      Adelaide Camp

1/1/1916         16th reinforcements, 10th Infantry Battalion

25/3/1916       Embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on board HMAT Shropshire A9
                      as a Private with 16th reinforcements, 10th Infantry Battalion

9/8/1916         proceeding overseas to join unit

23/8/1916       joined 10th Battalion from ___, France

30/11/1916     to hospital sick
9/12/1916       embarked on baord HS Formosa at Havre, France for England
28/12/1916     admitted 1st South General Hospital, Birmingham
12/1/1917       discharged to Perham Downs, England

23/3/1917       marched in to No.3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, from Perham Downs

21/4/1917       transferred to 70th Battalion, Wareham, England

10/7/1917       sick to 17th Field Ambulance Hospital
19/7/1917       marched in to 70th Battalion, Windmill Hill

19/9/1917       transferred to 10th Battalion, England

9/10/1917       proceeded overseas to France, ex Hurdcott, via Southampton
16/10/1917     taken on strength of 10th Battalion, France

16/3/1918       sick to hospital, France
6/4/1918         discharged to Australian Base Depot, from Convalescent Depot

30/5/1918       wounded in action, France
2/6/1918         admitted to LofC Hospital from F M Unit     

1/9/1918         rejoined 10th Infantry Battalion unit, France

16/9/1918       accidentally injured left foot, admitted to hospital, France
19/9/1918        invalided to UK, ex France

25/1/1919       returned to Australia on board HMAT Ceramic
6/3/1919         disembarked into Australia

27/7/1919       Discharged from service in AIF

British War medal (11246) and Victory medal (11154)


16/2/1959       Ernest passed away (aged 74 years)
buried in:        Morgan Cemetery, Morgan, South Australia
                      (buried next to his brother Private 530 William James Cooper)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  3/6/2015.  Lest we forget.