Norman Edgar Cooper

28th Punjabis

Personal Details

Born: 18 October 1896 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the only son of Edgar Samuel Cooper, a draper’s assistant, and his wife Edith Emily, a confectioner. He was brother to Dorothy and Violet. In 1933 he married Agnes Nancy Gutteridge in Loughborough, Leicestershire. No children can be identified for the marriage.

Residence: Records show that Norman lived at 4 Watergate Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire from 1901 until at least 1919. In 1934, after his marriage, his address was 32 Watergate Street. By 1939 he had moved to 36 Highcrest Avenue, Gatley, Manchester, Lancashire and was still living at that address at the time of his death.

Employment:   Norman was awarded a scholarship for Whitchurch Grammar School and left in 1912 to work as a clerk at W H Smith of Whitchurch, Ironfounders. In 1934 he was listed as a confectioner (his wife was a confectioner) but five years later was employed as a salesman in the accounting industry.

Died: 8 February 1957 in Manchester.

Military Details

Regiment: 1/28th Punjabis (previously Royal West Kent Regiment, Indian Army Reserve of Officers and King’s Royal Rifle Corps)

Rank: Lieutenant (previously Private)

Service Number: Commissioned (previously C/450)

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Other Information: Was in France in November 1915. Listed as wounded in May 1916.

Norman was issued with his Victory Medal by the Indian authorities.The Victory Medals produced at the Calcutta Mint often appear duller than standard British issue.

Medals and Awards

Norman was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1915 Star).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The 1914 Star (also known as 'Pip') was authorised under Special Army Order no. 350 in November 1917 and by an Admiralty Fleet Order in 1918, for award to officers and men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces who served in France or Belgium between 5 August and midnight of 22–23 November 1914. The former date is the day after Britain's declaration of war against the Central Powers, and the closing date marks the end of the First Battle of Ypres.

The 1914–15 Star (also known as 'Pip') was instituted in December 1918 and was awarded to officers and men of British and Imperial forces who served against the Central European Powers in any theatre of the Great War between 5 August 1914 and 31 December 1915. The period of eligibility was prior to the introduction of the Military Service Act 1916, which instituted conscription in Britain.

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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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