Lance Corporal George Henry Cooper
6th Field Company, Royal Canadian Engineers
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Died 8 June 1944
Lance Cooper George Henry Cooper was born in Aylestone, Leicester, England on the 21st of October 1911. He was one of six children. He left school when he was only 14 years old. He enlisted on 11 June 1940 in 6 Field Company RCE in North Vancouver. On his attestation papers he reported he was living in Vancouver, had been working for a couple of years as a truck driver, listed his occupation as an engine artificer and was single. Prior to that he had been a farmer on the Prairies. He was only 5′ 4″ tall with blue eyes.
He was confident and energetic and was promoted to Lance Corporal on the 24th of June 1942. He commanded a subsection in the first assault wave in support of the Regina Rifle Regiment’s 8 Platoon. He was hit by a burst of machine gun fire in his mid-section. A bullet struck Spr Ralph Spencer’s left knee and leg as he followed Cooper ashore. Spencer stumbled and almost went into the water. When things quieted down Spr Spencer tried to comfort Lance Corporal Cooper. But all Cooper asked for was a cigarette. He didn’t complain or moan but lay quietly under the edge of the earthen bank near a shattered German 75mm gun. He died on June 8th on a hospital ship in the Channel and was buried in the Brookwood Military Cemetery in the United Kingdom.
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