Samuel Seed Cooper

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 5, 1892

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland to William and Eliza Jane (nee Porter) Cooper


Apr 17, 1902

Embarked the SS Parisian in Moville, Ireland with his mother and 3 siblings


Apr 26, 1902

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and the family proceeded to Hammond, Ontario


Jan 18, 1917

Attested into the 2nd Battalion Reinforcing Draft in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Number 2235301

Ø      Next of kin given as John Cooper, brother, Hammond, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Mar 26, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the draft proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival there, the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for further training


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot), Etaples, France, as part of a draft of 82 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 7, 1917

Left the CIBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined for the 21st Battalion


Aug 21, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois


Nov 9, 1917

Private Cooper was part of a 200 man work party supplied by the battalion to the 4th Brigade for work in the forward area near Passchendaele.  The work party suffered heavy casualties, among them, Private Cooper, who was killed.  Below is from the 21st Battalion War Diary





There was an unconfirmed report that he had been buried in Tyne Cot, but the Graves Registration Commission could not locate his remains and he was subsequently listed on the walls of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, for those killed in Belgium that have no known grave.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, John Cooper, Hammond, Ontario.

There was no Memorial Cross issued.


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