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Leslie John Cooper

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  • Service number
    • 654686 AWMM
    • 203513 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Post WW2 Gunner AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM
  • War
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Jayforce, 1945-1948 AWMM
    • Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999). - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leslie John AWMM
  • Surname
    Cooper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 654686 AWMM
    • 203513 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    30 April 1926 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Waihi, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • WW2 Turner AWMM
    • Post WW2 Labourer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown Paeroea, New Zealand AWMM
    • Unknown Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr L.A. Cooper (father), Station Road, Paeroa, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mr L.A. Cooper (father), Station Road, Paeroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Unknown Single AWMM
    • Pre 10 Dec 1950 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    • World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Jayforce, 1945-1948 AWMM
    • Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • 654686 AWMM
    • 203513 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • Post WW2 Unknown AWMM
  • Age on enlistment

    Embarkations

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    • Embarkation details
      • WW2 
        Trooper AWMM
        2 Divisional Cavalry AWMM
        Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force, JayForce AWMM
      • Post WW2 Vessel was Ormonde AWMM
        Gunner AWMM
        161 Battery AWMM
        Kayforce AWMM

    Prisoner of war

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    • Capture details
    • Days interned
    • Liberation date
    • POW liberation details
    • POW serial number

    Medical history

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    • Medical notes
      Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

    Last known rank

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    • Last rank
      Post WW2 Gunner AWMM
      Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM

    Biographical information

    Biographical information

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    • Served with Jayforce 1946-47

      Served 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 2003

      Transport details are for Korea (March 2010) AWMM
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    Death

    About death

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    • Age at death
      25 AWMM
    • Date of death
      13 October 1951 AWMM
    • Cause of death
      Killed in Action AWMM
    • Place of death
      Korea AWMM
    • Death notes
      Korea AWMM
    • Cemetery name
      United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
    • Grave reference
    • Memorial name
      Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM
    • Memorial reference
    • Obituary

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    Sources

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    • External links
    • Documents
      • K-Force nominal roll : embarked for Korea on 'Ormonde' on 10 December 1950 AWMM
      • McGibbon, 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. AWMM
      • Second 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. AWMM
        WW2 16: WW2 27 AWMM
      • McGibbon, 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. AWMM
        McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). Volume II: Combat Operations, pp. 220, 371, 401. AWMM
      • Brief Notes on Recipients at NZOSM Presentation. Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Defence Force. AWMM
      • Hopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM