Reginald John Cooper

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Winton, Bournemouth
Regiment: Warwickshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, 18659
Died: 9th October 1917, aged 23 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium


Reginald was an adopted son of John Alfred and Elizabeth Gill Cooper (nee Runyard), who married in Wareham in 1871.

They had 6 girls of their own, the last of which was born in 1880; perhaps Reginald’s original parents were known to the family?


Elizabeth was born in West Lulworth in 1838 and she passed away in Wareham on 16 May 1912.

John was also born in Dorset, in 1848; he died in Wareham in 1915.

It is difficult to work out the connection that Reginald has to Southampton, but he was living with his sister Mary and her family in Ashtree Road, Bitterne Park at the 1911 Census.



Henrietta   b. 1862 West Lulworth d. ?? Henrietta was born to Elizabeth but who was her father ??

Edith Ann   b. 1872 Wareham   d. ?? Married Edward George Upshall in Poole in 1898. Living in Portsmouth at 1911 Census.

Eliza Flora   b. 1874 Wareham   d. 1957 Exeter   Married William Dixon in Ringwood in 1905. Married Robert J. Falkner in Newton Aboot in 1920.

Rosa Jane   b. 1877 Wareham   d. 1962 Cirencester   Married Gustave Hippolite Collivet in Wareham in 1897.

Mary Keturah   b. 1879 Wareham   d. 1953 Southampton   Married Sydney George Beament in Poole in 1902.

Mary Harriet   b. 1880 Wareham   d. ??   Married Frederick Batten in Poole in 1909.


The 2nd Battalion was in Malta at the outbreak of war, and returned to England on 19 August 1914.

They joined the 22nd Brigade in the 7th Division and landed at Zeebrugge on 6 October 1914.


Reginald perished during the Second Battle of Passchendaele (26 October 1917 – 10 November).

It was known that the 7th Division attacked the village of Gheluvelt on 26 October without success; 2201 servicemen lost their lives from the Division in the first 2 days of the battle.


The remains of 7th Division took part in the further stages of the Battle, but it is not known where precisely.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 24th June 2016


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