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John Cooper

From Sacriston, served with 18th Battalion DLI (Durham Pals)

John Cooper served with the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry – the Durham Pals. He enlisted on 17 September 1914 as a 18/466 Private Cooper and was wounded sometime during the summer of 1916, possibly on 1 July – the first day of the Battle of the Somme. John Cooper recovered from his wounds and continued to serve. He was later promoted to lance corporal. He was finally discharged on 17 October 1919.

Civil Parish: Witton Gilbert

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Sacriston (Chester-le-Street Chronicle)

Military service:

18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (Durham Pals)
Regimental Number: 18/466. Private later promoted to lance corporal
Reported wounded in the Chester-le-Street Chronicle, 14 July 1916.
Discharged: 17 October 1919

Medal(s): 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Gender: Male

Contributed by Sacriston Heritage Group | Durham County Record Office. Jack Mulligan, Lewis Cooper and Daniel Hyatt