F G Cooper

Rank Private
Service No 21582
Date of Death 19/09/1917
Age 28
Regiment/Service Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) 32nd Battalion
Memorial Tyne Cot - one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. It is located on the edge of the town of Ieper and bears the names of some 35,000 men of the British and New Zealand forces who have no known grave.

 

We believe that the entry on the War Memorial is incorrect in that we cannot find any F G Cooper who served in the Royal Fusiliers, died in the Great War and had a connection to Finchley. We suspect that as in a few other cases on the memorial, the inscription is wrong and that the F. initial should be a T.

Thomas was born in Finchley in 1889. His parents were George Henry (1859–1904) and Amelia Alma Cooper, nee Pinnock (1855–1913), who were married in St John’s Holloway, north London on 9th July 1877. He was baptised in St Paul’s Finchley by the vicar on 23rd June 1889. The baptism register lists his parents’ address as 6 Manor Cottages, Finchley and his father’s occupation as painter. He had nine siblings: Louisa (1878-1966), Amelia (1880-1962), Nellie (1882-1976), Alma (1884-1937) Margaret (b.1887), William (1892–1961), Frederick (1895–1947) and Victoria (1898-1911).

At the time of the 1891 and 1901 Censuses, the family were still living at 6 Manorside Cottages and George was continuing to work as a painter.  At the time of the 1911 Census, his widowed mother was living at 6 Manor Cottages with her three youngest children. She was working as a laundress. 

Thomas served on the Western Front (France and Belgium) from 22nd March 1916 to 11th July 1916, from 4th October 1916 to 2nd March 1917 and from 26 July 1917 until his death. His military record indicates that his death was presumed. He died on the day before the start of the the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, the third British general attack of the Third Battle of Ypres.