George Cooper (1892–1982)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 35838 2/5th Battalion; B Coy

Photo courtesy Alastair Cooper

George Cooper in WW1

Born at Nether Heage, George was raised at Wingfield Park and Wheatcroft. He was born 8 September 1892 in Heage to Joseph and Clara Cooper. The Crich National School's admissions register for 1902 has them living at Pothouse with the name of the last school being Fritchley. Enlisting in Dec 1915, he was mobilised in Feb 1916. He was captured as a PoW on 21 March 1918 (the first day of the German Spring Offensive) and was interned in PoW camps at Dülmen and Limburg. After demob, he married Doris Burton Hoyland in 1925 and moved to Tideswell they had had four children. For years, he worked as a motorcycle patrolman for the AA. After WW2, he relocated to Matlock. He died in 1982.

He became a prisoner of war at Bullecourt on 21 March 1918 (the first day of the German Spring Offensive 1918) and was in Bülmen Camp and Limburg Camp. Both PoW records have his date of birth incorrectly recorded it should have been 'Heage 8.9.92'

Medal Index Record
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Prisoner of War Records
[Dülmen Camp]
Cooper George 35838; Pte Notts & Derby;
Bullecourt 21.3.18; Marchiennes; communiqué famille 26.4.18;
Heage 8.9.83;
Hill House, Cromford, Matlock; Mother (as above);

[Limburg Camp]
Cooper George 35838; 2/5 N.Derby;
Bullecourt 21.3.1918, Bülmen;
3.8.95, Heage;
Mutter Cromford-Matlock;

Limberg, sometimes spelt 'Lumberg' was reputed to have been one of the worst of the WW1 Prisoner of War camps, with very basic facilities.


1901: South Wingfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph I Cooper Head 32 Farmer Heage
Clara E Cooper wife 33   South Wingfield
George Cooper son 8   Heage
Hilda A Cooper daughter 5   South Wingfield
Sarah E Baldwin visitor 16? Farmers daughter Crich

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Isaac Cooper Head 42 Corn miller out of work Heage
Sarah Ann Cooper wife 48   Crooks Sheffield
George Cooper son 18 Coal Screener above ground Heage
Hilda Annie Cooper daughter 15 Woollen Mill hand bitter South Wingfield
Edna Cooper daughter 10   South Wingfield
Ruth Cooper daughter 5   Wheatcroft

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1918 Voters List, Crich
George Cooper, the Cross; absent on military service

1939 Register: Whitecross Road, Bakewell
George Cooper b.8 September 1892; AA road services
Doris B Cooper b.20 February 1897
Brenda Cooke (Cooper) b.10 June 1928; school
three closed records