Leslie John Cooper 30 April 1926 - 13 October 1951 Key details Contribute › Service number654686 AWMM203513 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargePost WW2 AWMMGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMMJayforce, 1945-1948 AWMMKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Report 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 ForenamesLeslie John AWMM SurnameCooper AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number654686 AWMM203513 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth30 April 1926 AWMM Place of birthWaihiNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesWaihiNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentWW2 AWMMTurner AWMMPost WW2 AWMMLabourer AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMPaeroeaNew Zealand AWMMUnknown AWMMAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr L.A. Cooper (father)Station RoadPaeroaNew Zealand AWMMMr L.A. Cooper (father)Station RoadPaeroaNew Zealand AWMM Relationship statusUnknown AWMMSingle AWMMPre 10 December 1950 AWMMSingle AWMM Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMMJayforce, 1945-1948 AWMMKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number654686 AWMM203513 AWMM Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training EnlistmentWW2 AWMMPost WW2 AWMMUnknown AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 AWMMPost WW2 AWMM Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMMPost WW2 AWMM10 December 1950 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Embarkation bodyWW2 AWMMUnknown AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force, JayForce AWMM2 Divisional Cavalry AWMMPost WW2 AWMM10 December 1950 AWMMKayforce AWMM161 Battery AWMMOrmonde AWMMGunner AWMM Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMM Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankPost WW2 AWMMGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Served with Jayforce 1946-47Served with Kayforce 1950-51"A New Zealand gunner was killed instantly early yesterday morning when a Chinese mortar scored a direct hit on the slit trench in which he was sheltering. He was Gunner Leslie John Cooper, of Paeroa, who before his enlistment in K-Force worked in Auckland.Gunner Cooper was a member of a forward observation party accompanying soldiers of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. He was lying in the slit trench at about 1 o'clock in the morning when a Chinese mortar, which was bombarding the infantry positions, scored a direct hit. It was the regiment's second fatal casualty since the opening of the autumn offensive." (NZ Herald, 16 October 1951, p. 8)"Gunner Leslie Cooper was serving in one of 161 Battery's OP parties with the Shropshires on Hill 227, when the Chinese attacked on 13 October after the heaviest bombardment yet endured by the brigade. Shortly after midnight, he was killed by a mortar bomb which landed in his slit trench." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 220)Gunner Cooper's nephew, Mr Ross Nicol of Tauranga, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003Transport details are for Korea (March 2010) AWMM Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death25 AWMM Date of death13 October 1951 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathKorea AWMM Death notesKorea AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameUnited Nations CemeteryPusanKorea AWMM Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumHall of Memories. KoreaMalaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Report Roll of Honour Remember Leslie John Cooper by laying a poppy. Leonard Frederick Cooper Leonard Gordon Cooper Leslie John Cooper Lot Cooper Louis Drummond Cooper Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Leslie John Cooper Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNew Zealand Defence Force. Roll of Honour. Personnel who have died on operational service since 3 September 1945.http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/info/roll-of-honour/index.htmlSources UsedNew Zealand Navy in the Korean War. Navy Museum.http://www.navymuseum.mil.nz/history/time/korean/default.htmFurther ReferenceNew Zealand History online. New Zealand in the Korean War.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-warFurther Reference DocumentsK-Force nominal roll : embarked for Korea on 'Ormonde' on 10 December 1950 AWMMMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMMSecond New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMMWW2 16: WW2 27 AWMMMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMMMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). Volume II: Combat Operations, pp. 220, 371, 401. AWMMBrief Notes on Recipients at NZOSM Presentation. Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Defence Force. AWMMHopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.