COOPER Leonard William

Category: Civilian
Rank: Merchant Seaman
Regiment or Ship: Mercantile Marine
Occupation: Merchant Seaman
Date of Birth: 1853
Place of Birth: Leeds
Date of Death: 16 November 1916
Place of Death: English Channel Place of Burial / Memorials:

Bexhill Cemetery. Grave EF R16

Address: 8, Byron Street, Westcott Street, Hull

Photos and newspaper articles

Family Information

Wife: Annie b. 1855 Manchester

Son: Leonard William 1883-1916 Hull

Son: Harry b.1886 Hull

Son: Fred b. 1894- Hull

Daughter: Annie Mary b.1896 Hull

First World War Experience

3rd Engineer, SS Vasco

Additional Information

Washed ashore at Veness Gap on 24 Nov 1916

The service was carried out in the cemetery chapel at the same time as Albert Press for more information see W0043 PRESS Albert Reginald (Second Engineer)

Leonard’s son, Leonard Jnr also perished on the SS Vasco.

For reasons unknown Leonard’s grave – and that of his shipmate Albert PRESS – was left unmarked for 99 years.  Following research by Bexhill Museum the Commonwealth War Graves Commission erected a headstone in April 2015.

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