Edward Harold Cooper

Grenadier Guards

Personal Details

Born: 27 June 1894 and baptised July 18 the same year at St Alkmund’s parish church in Whitchurch.

Family: Second son of Alfred and May Cooper. In 1916 Edward married Mary J Bedford in Whitchurch and together they had three children, Alfred H, Patricia M and Edward H.

Residence: In 1894 the family were living in Chester Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By the time of the 1901 census the family had moved to Wrexham Road, Whitchurch. Ten years later Edward was living with his parents in Wrexham Road. At the time of the 1919 Absent Voters list his address was given as 2 Chemistry Road, Whitchurch. In 1934 Edward was an ironmonger at 26 Green end and was probably living on the premises. Five years later he and Mary Jane were living with family in Chester Road.

Employment: In 1911 Edward was an ironmonger apprentice. He appeared to have continued in this occupation as Kelly’s directory of 1934 listed him as an ironmonger. However the 1939 Register recorded Edward as a poultry farmer.

Died: In 1967, aged 73, in Whitchurch.

Military Details

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Rank: Corporal

Service Number: 27811

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: After spring 1919

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Other Information: Edward was reported wounded on 5 Jan 1918 and entitled to wear a wound stripe. He was a Lance Corporal at this time.

Medals and Awards

Edward was awarded the Victory Medal.

The Victory Medal

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as ‘Wilfred’) was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal (‘Squeak’) also received the Victory Medal (‘Wilfred’). However, in general, all recipients of ‘Wilfred’ also received ‘Squeak’ and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as ‘Pip’) also received both ‘Squeak’ and ‘Wilfred’. The recipient’s service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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