Military Cross GVR issue, 1914-15 Star, (11487 L.Cpl. H. L. Cooper.) British War Medal, Victory Medal, ( 2. Lieut. H. L. Cooper.) 2nd Lieut. H. L. Cooper. Worcester Regiment. EF


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M.C. London gazette 8 March 1919. T/2ND Lieut. Howard Leslie Cooper. 1st Battalion, Worcester Regiment, The recommendation reads:

“On the 14th October 1918 he was the last of his company to leave the bank of the Haute Canal, east of the village of Flers, during a most gallant but unsuccessful attempt to cross. His company was practically decimated by artillery, trench-mortar and machine gun fire, and it was owing to his use of a Lewis gun under his command which kept firing until he saw the remainder of his company withdrawing that enabled the remnants amounting to about 20 per cent, to get back. He behaved most gallantly.”

Howard Leslie Cooper of 35 Showell Green Lane, Spark hill, Birmingham served in France from 22 July 1917 in the ranks of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

He was commissioned into the 1st Battalion, Worcester Regiment and latterly served on attachment to the 1/13th Battalion, London Regiment. Cooper relinquished his commission on 11 May 1920.