15511 Private Harold Cooper 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards

Private Harold Cooper


2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards

Harold Cooper was the eldest child of Henry (known as Harry and Jane Cooper (nee Marshall), Harold was born in Newark in 1892 and I believe the end of June.

Harold’s father Henry Cooper was born in East Stoke the 8th of 11 children (the 5th son) on St Valentine’s Day the 14th February 1866 and baptised in St Oswald’s church on 25 March 1866.

Jane Cooper (nee Cottam) Harold’s mother was born at South Muskham and baptised at St Wilfrid’s in South Muskham on 2nd March 1862.

Henry Cooper married Jane Cottam on the 30th April 1891 at a Methodist Chapel in Newark.

The census of 1901 shows Harold in East Stoke aged 8 years living with his mother and father and now too with his younger siblings Charles Percy born about 1895, Ethel born about 1896, Arthur born about 1898 and Ernest born about 1900. Interestingly, also living with Harold at that time was his cousin John Robert Smith (inscribed on the World War 1 Roll of Honour in St Oswald’s as Private JR Smith – Canadians) aged 11 years and John’s sister Mary Ellen Smith aged 9 years. Harold’s mother was half sister to John Robert and Mary Ellen Smith’s mother.

The census of 1911 shows Harold now employed as a ‘wagoner’ on William Willows farm in East Stoke. Harold is now be 18 years old.

At some point Harold Cooper and his older cousin John Robert Smith determine to seek a new life out in Canada and therefore on 23rd May 1913 they depart Liverpool docks bound for Montreal, Quebec, Canada and a new life in Canada.

It is believed that this photograph (cut from a Cooper family group photo that includes John Robert Smith his cousin on his mums side) was taken shortly before they travelled to Canada.

Note: John Robert Smith was Harold’s cousin on his mums side, the two mothers were sisters.

They sailed from Liverpool to Quebec on board RMS Victorian. Thirteen months after RMS Titanic had been sunk on her maiden voyage.