Joseph COOPS

COOPS, Joseph

Service Number: 3620
Enlisted: 15 November 1916
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 4th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 1 November 1895
Home Town: Maryborough, Fraser Coast, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Painter
Died: Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, 6 January 1946, aged 50 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Maryborough City Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

15 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3620, 4th Pioneer Battalion
24 Jan 1917: Involvement Private, 3620, 4th Pioneer Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '5' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ayrshire embarkation_ship_number: A33 public_note: ''
24 Jan 1917: Embarked Private, 3620, 4th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Ayrshire, Sydney
19 Oct 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Driver, 4th Pioneer Battalion
19 Jun 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, 3620, 4 Division Training per Militades
9 Sep 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Driver, 3620, 4 Division Training

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Joseph was the eighth of twelve children of Samuel Coops (born 1853 in Cheshire, England) and Annie Burke (born 1860 in Wigan, Lancashire). Samuel, a Silk Piecer,  and Annie married in Cheshire in 1884 and emigrated with their two children to Maryborough in QLD in 1886. 

Joseph was a Painter in Maryborough, QLD when he enlisted in Bundaberg, QLD the AIF in November 1916 - he had been rejected earlier on the basis of height. Joseph had previously served five years with the Cadets. Joseph served as a Private (Service No: 3620) with 11th Depot Battalion, 9th Reinforcements 4th Pioneers and 4th Australian Divisional Training. He was a Driver when he was Discharged in 1919.

Joseph returned to Maryborough, QLD and worked as a Labourer until his death in 1946. He married Johanna Josephine Norwood (born 1901 in Maryborough, QLD) in 1921 in Maryborough, QLD. Josephine died in Brisbane, QLD in 1966