Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (The 2/4th Battalion)

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Lance Corporal Thomas Henry Cooper

From: First World War in Headington & Marston Roll of Honour of Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry

Thomas Henry Cooper was born in Headington Quarry in 1896. His parents were Frederick Walter Cooper (born in Headington and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 27 September 1868) and Susanna or Susan (born in Stratton Audley in c.1869).

(Thomas’s father was first married to Kate Kislingbury, and they had one son, Frederick Walter Cooper; but he died aged 2 months and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard on 27 August 1890; and Kate herself died aged 24 and was buried there on 15 July 1891.)

Frederick and Susan Cooper had the following children:

* Frederick Walter Cooper (born at Headington Quarry, baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 26 August 1894)
* Thomas Henry Cooper (born at Headington Quarry, baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 31 August 1896)
* Harriet Mary Cooper (born at Shotover Hill Place, baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 29 May 1898)
* Edith Laura Cooper (born at Shotover Hill Place, baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 29 June 1900)
* James Arthur Cooper (born at Shotover Hill Place, baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 26 October 1902)
* Elizabeth Rachel Cooper (born at Shotover Hill Place, baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 28 August 1904)
* Alice Cooper (born at Shotover Hill Place on 30 May 1907, baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 29 September 1907)
* Dorothy Cooper (born at Shotover Hill Place on 28 August 1910, baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 30 April 1911).

The Cooper family started their married life in Quarry proper, but by 1898 they had moved to Shotover Hill Place, where they can be found at the time of the 1901 census, when Thomas’s father is described as a builder’s labourer, and Thomas himself is a child of four.

They were still living at Shotover Hill Place at the time of the 1911 census, when Thomas (14) is at work as a builder’s labourer.

Poppy In the First World War Thomas Henry Cooper volunteered to serve and was a Lance Corporal in the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (Service No. 200806). He was killed in action in France aged 22 on 31 March 1918, and has no known grave. He is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial and on the stone plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry.

After the War
Thomas Cooper’s mother Susan died at the age of 63 in Quarry Hollow (then called St Mary’s Road) and was buried in Holy Trinity churchyard on 11 November 1933. His father died at the age of 77 at 29 Cumberland Road, and was buried with her on 18 April 1945.

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