Jesse Cooper.


St. Neots Advertiser - 8/6/1917

Private Jesse Cooper, of Eaton Ford, Killed.

Eaton Socon is this week mourning the loss of another brave soldier, Pte. Jesse Cooper, of Eaton Ford, who died of wounds received in action on April 29. His age was 23, and on January 23rd this year he married Miss Gladys Irons, of Brook Street, St. Neots, for whom deep sympathy is felt. On October 23, 1915, he joined the Cyclist Battalion, and was afterwards transferred to the Royal Berks. Twice before he had been wounded, once in England by a hand grenade, and once in France. He came out of hospital four months ago, and when he was killed had been in France six weeks. Mrs. Cooper has received the following letter:- 30-5-15 My dear Madam, - You will, I suppose, have heard from the War Office of the sad death of your husband, Pte. J Cooper, of this Battalion but you will like to hear such details as I can give. We have been in the line and under pretty severe shell fire for some days, and on the 28 May, when a party was going out late in the evening, a shell suddenly dropped among them, wounding a good many. Your husband was hit in the side and thigh and his case was seen to be serious. We got him down at once to the doctor's aid post, where his wounds were dressed, and he was carried back to the field ambulance, but soon after his arrival there he died. He was wonderfully brave, and did not suffer very great pain, and as long as he remained conscious he was thinking, and as far as he could was speaking of you and the dear ones at home. I knew before how often and how lovingly he thought and spoke of you, and his letters will show how he hoped to be back and how he did his duty here. He has been buried in a proper Military Cemetery, well behind the lines, where his body will rest undisturbed. The grave will be marked with a cross which his comrades are arranging to put up, so it will always be known and cared for. The sympathy of us all, Officers and men, goes out to you in this great loss ; and we want to thank you most warmly for your gallant husband, and for the great sacrifice that he has been called upon to pay. May I extend my own sympathy.

Company Commander,

Royal Berkshire Regiment.

St. Neots Advertiser - 24/5/1918

In Memoriam

In ever loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. Jesse Cooper, who died of wounds received in action, May 29th, 1917.

Family loved him : he is dear to me still,

But in grief I must bend to God's Holy Will,

My sorrow is great : my loss hard to bear,

But Angels dear husband, will guard you with care,

Christ will link the broken chain

Closer when we meet again.

From his sorrowing Wife.



COOPER         Jesse         39252    1st         Royal Berkshire Regiment         29th May 1917       Eaton Socon        Bedfordshire        1480               "Private 39252 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment who died of wounds on Tuesday, 29th May 1917. Born Eaton Socon. Enlisted Huntingdon. Formerly 1480 Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion. Buried in ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Grave I. C. 14."

He had a brother Jack Cooper of the Middlesex Regiment.

  Family information from Christine Papworth - Gt, Gt uncle Jesse Cooper.

He is remembered on the Eaton Socon War Memorial.

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