David Dempster Cooper

Mar 17, 1886

Born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland to James and Janet McKenzie (nee Dempster) Cooper


Mar 26, 1910

Embarked the SS Cassandra in Glasgow, Scotland with his parents and 3 siblings



Apr 5, 1910

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59197 (temporary number 280)

Ø  Next of kin given as James Cooper, father, Stanley, New Brunswick

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 14, 1915

Proceeded on the Bombing Course


Nov 21, 1915

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from course


Jun 1, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters to be employed in Traffic Control


Nov 5, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jun 5, 1917

Struck off the effective strength of the 21st Battalion but retained on the Nominal Roll of the battalion on being permanently attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters Traffic Control


Oct 11, 1918

Received an accidental blow to his head causing a large cut and a concussion


Oct 12, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 General Hospital with an accidental laceration to his head. 


Oct 15, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Coninck


On arrival in England he was admitted to Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital in Millbank.  On admission he was noted as seeming to be drowsy and suffering from headaches

Ceased to be attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters and transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 4, 1918

Transferred to the Bearwood Park Convalescent Hospital


Nov 28, 1918

Attached to the No. 1 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Dec 31, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jan 6, 1919

Attached to Military District No. 7 Wing, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 18, 1919

Embarked the SS Aquitania in Liverpool



Jan 24, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Feb 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Fredericton, New Brunswick

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Stanley, New Brunswick

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 282 Ferguson Ave. N., Hamilton, Ontario


Aug 19, 1929

Married to Eveline Garton Spavin in Toronto, Ontario


Jan 7, 1962

David Dempster Cooper died and was buried in the York Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario



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