William Henry Cooper 18 February 1931 - 29 July 1950 Key details Contribute › Service number Also known as ForceNavy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeOrdinary Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Tutira AWMM WarRegular Military Service AWMMKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malay … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesWilliam Henry AWMM SurnameCooper AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth18 February 1931 AWMM Place of birthCromwellOtagoNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesCromwellOtagoNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistment Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkation Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarRegular Military Service AWMMKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceNavy AWMM Service number Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation details Embarkation body Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesAccidental DeathCause of Death AWMMAccidental drowning AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankOrdinary Seaman AWMMRoyal New Zealand Navy, HMNZS Tutira AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › He was a regular serviceman prior to serving with the navyServed with Royal New Zealand Navy 1949-50Served in HMNZS Tutira 1949-50"While the frigates were passing Yonakuni Shima Island off the coast of Taiwan, nineteen-year-old Ordinary Seaman W.H. Cooper went overboard from Tutira during the late afternoon of 29 July. Standing on a guard rail to spread awnings - recognized to be a dangerous practice and firmly discouraged - he lost his balance and fell into the water. Although the sea was perfectly calm, he could not swim. No trace of him was found by the ships, which searched for an hour." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 18)Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton presented the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) to next of kin of New Zealanders who were killed or died in military operations since 1945 at a ceremony at Parliament 3 September 2003.The New Zealand Operational Service Medal was received on his behalf by his brothers Mr Jim Cooper & Mr George Cooper of Cromwell. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death19 AWMM Date of death29 July 1950 AWMM Cause of deathAccidental Death AWMM Place of death Death notesNear Yonakuni Shima Island off the coast of Taiwan AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery name Grave reference Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumHall of Memories. KoreaMalaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember William Henry Cooper by laying a poppy. William George Cooper William Grant Cooper William Henry Cooper William Hohepa Cooper William Joseph Cooper Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of William Henry Cooper Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNew Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-warFurther Reference DocumentsSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMIan McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 18, 359, 371, 401. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.