Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury newspaper 1917.


Born: 1896, Ipswich.

Died: 28th April 1917; age: 20; KiA.

Residence: 22, Milner Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 43717

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

Formerly 2472, Suffolk Cyclist Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Bay 4.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,





1901   22, Milner Street, Ipswich.


Herbert was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Leonard Cooper, 34, a Brazier, born Rendham, Suffolk.

Emily Cooper (nee Forsdick), 33, born Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Leonard Frederick Cooper, 10, born Ipswich.

Laura May Cooper, 7, born Ipswich.

Lily Grace Cooper, 1, born Ipswich.


1911   22, Milner Street, Ipswich.


Herbert was 15 years old, an Office Boy – Commercial. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Leonard, 44, a Tinman – Tinmaker.

Emily, 43.

Leonard, 20, a Warehouseman – Corn Merchant.

Laura, 17, a Domestic.

Lily, 11.

Rosa Cooper, 6, born Ipswich.

Ellen Violet Cooper, 10 months, born Ipswich.


Entry from the Diary of William Motts – “The Steeple Keeper” courtesy of David Evans St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich:

29th September 1917
Mr Leonard Cooper’s youngest son Herbert Cooper who formerly chimed at the Church of St Margaret’s, Ipswich has been killed in action in France.  The Deceased used to Chime the 2nd bell to the ring of 8 bells and was a promising young man.
May He Rest In Peace.
Soldiers’ Effects to Leonard Cooper – father.

Herbert is also remembered on the war memorial at the Presbyterian Church formerly on London Road, Ipswich, and at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.


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