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William Saunderson Cooper

Cooper, William Saunderson, 1916-1917, Shepshed. Captain William Saunderson Cooper and brothers at Shepshed. Portrait of Captain William Saunderson Cooper (centre, in lemon squeezer hat) with four other soldiers, some of whom appear to be from British regiments. The portrait was taken when Cooper was on invalid leave in England between late 1916 and early 1917. Gift of Andrew Cooper, 2001. Te Papa (B.068484). Image have no known copyright restrictions.

Cooper, William Saunderson, 1916-1917, Shepshed. Captain William Saunderson Cooper and brothers at S …


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    William Saunderson AWMM
  • Surname
    Cooper AWMM
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    WWI 10/1450 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
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  • Birth
    9 May 1882 AWMM DerbyshireEngland AWMM
    Ilkeston AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 24 November 1914 AWMM Mauke Island, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs Eva May Cooper (wife), West Beach, Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 February 1915 AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 3 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/1450 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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    WW1 24 November 1914 AWMM Government Official/Civilian AWMM
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  • William Cooper was the husband of Eva May nee Ashwood (married 1905); father of Frank, Frederick, Eric.

    Resident Agent in Mauke, Cook Islands before he returned to New Zealand for war service in 1915. Resident Agent in Aitutaki in 1920. Source: WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project. AWMM


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  • Death
    17 October 1943 AWMM
    Age 61 AWMM
    PoriruaWellington AWMM
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  • Cemetery
    Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM Soldiers Plot 15 1/3 AWMM
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    COOPE R — The Friends bf . the late William Saunderson Cooper, 10/1450, are Invited to attend his Funeral which. will leave the Chapel of R. H. Wilson and Sons Ltd., Tomorrow (Tuesday) October 19 '1943, at the conclusion of a Service, which commences at 11 a.m. for the Soldiers’ Cemetery, Karori.
    Robert H. Wilson and Sons, Ltd., 164 Adelaide Rd, PONEKE LODGE, NO. 21. U.A.O.D.

    COOPER — Members are invited to attend the Funeral of cur late Brother, W. Saunderson Cooper, which will 'leave at 11 a.m.. Tomorrow from Wilson and Sons Mortuary Chapel, Adelaide Rd., 'for’ the Soldiers’ Cemetery, Karori. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 18 June 2024 - EVENING POST, VOLUME CXXXVI, ISSUE 94, 18 OCTOBER 1943, PAGE 1
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  • External links
  • References
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 149 AWMM
    • Cooper, William Saunderson. Papers, 1897 - 1914. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 96/72. AWMM
    • William Saunderson Cooper Collection. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira PH-2011-1. AWMM
    • Cooper, William Saunderson (1913-1921) [Cooper Samoa album] Auckland War Memorial Museum album 544. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information kindly provided by Bobby Nicholas, Paula Paniani and Cate Walker, Cook Islands WW1 NZEF ANZAC Soldiers Research Project AWMM
    • Weddell, H. (2016). Soldiers from the Pacific : the story of Pacific Island soldiers in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in World War One. Wellington, New Zealand : Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM


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18 June 2024Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
25 April 2015Te PapaWellingtonOther

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