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Born: 1876, Leighton Buzzard
Died: 25 February 1917, Lahore
Buried:
Address: 112 Undercliffe Road, Eccleshill
Parents: John & Sarah, nee Dunscombe
Spouse:
Siblings: Debra, Charles, Agatha, Emily, Elizabeth, Florence, David
Occupation: Goods porter
Organisations/clubs:
Military
Rank: Gunner
Medals/awards:
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill Park & St Luke’s; Karachi War Memorial
Children:
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
William John Cooper
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William John Cooper was born  in Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire in 1876 the son of John Cooper and Sarah Dunscombe who had married in Leighton Buzzard in 1855. The 1881 census shows agricultural labourer, John and Sarah living in Uniona Street, Leighton Buzzard  with their seven children. By 1891 the family were still living in Leighton Buzzard but had another son. William John at 14 years of age was employed as an errand boy.  Sarah died in 1893 at 61 years of age and John in 1897 at 72 years of
age.   Nothing more is known about the family. By 1911 William John had moved to Bradford, living at 112 Undercliffe Road with Clara Tranter and her two children. William is working as a goods porter and is shown as a boarder and single.   Clara had married David Tranter in 1894. He was a soldier in the South Staffordshire Regiment and  when he died in action in the Dardenelles in 1915 he left his effects to his three brothers and not to his wife. William enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery 73rd Co.
Pakistan on the 17th December 1914 as Gunner 132591.  The Rawalpindi Division were stationed in Pakistan from January 1916 until January 1919 and William died from disease in Lahore on the 25th February 1917 at the age of 41 years.  He is remembered on the Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial. His effects were left to his sole legatee Mrs Clara Tranter who received £15.6.2d on the 31st December 1917 and his War Gratuity of £9.10s. on the 17th November 1919. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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