Regiment : 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 30093
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 11th August 1917 aged 19
Buried : Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium, Grave XXVII. F. 18.
Birthplace : Lye, Worcestershire
Relatives : Son of Mrs E.J. Cooper, 65 Attwood St., Stourbridge
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
William Cooper was the son of Mrs E.J. Cooper of 65 Attwood Street, Wollescote, and he attended Wollescote school. He enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 3rd Battalion on the Western Front. In 1916 they fought on the Somme, notably in the attacks on the Leipzig Salient protecting Thiepval in August and September. In 1917 they were again prominent in the Third Battle of Ypres. When the opening attack failed to capture the Westhoek ridge the 3rd Division with the Worcesters were brought up. Westhoek was taken but among the many casualties on the 11th August was Private William Cooper.