Cooper, Sydney Featherstone
He was born Hanley Staffordshire England the son of Sydney Featherstone Cooper but living in Gormanston Tasmania, a miner who embarked Melbourne 30th October 1917 on board “HMAT Aeneas” with the 40th Infantry Battalion.
A rather sad story is associated with this young soldier – he was only 18 when he received a white feather in the mail and enlisted immediately. It was later thought by relatives that it had been sent by his 10 year old sister.
He was in a dug out near Villers-Bretonneux when a gas shell hit a tree, cutting it in two, and it came down straight onto Pte Coopers dug out killing him instantly on the 26th May 1918. He was buried where he fell.
He is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, France
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