Memories of War Hero Set in Stone

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), August 17, 2017 | Go to article overview

Memories of War Hero Set in Stone


Byline: DAVID HUNTLEY david.huntley@trinitymirror.com @davey_huntley

ONE hundred years after a heroic act, a memorial has taken place for a Stockton war hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross.

A service of dedication and a memorial stone was laid at the cenotaph at Stockton Parish Church to honour Sergeant Edward Cooper who, at the age of 21, earned his place in military history on August 16, 1917 at the battle of Langemark.

The service was led by the chaplain to the Durham Light Infantry Association, the Reverend Kenneth Crawford, on the 100th anniversary of Sergeant Cooper's actions.

Following the dedication and unveiling of the commemorative memorial stone, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon, and the Vice Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Peter Scrope, joined the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Maurice Perry, military representatives, and Sgt Cooper's family and friends in laying wreaths.

The Don war memorial bar also had more of an informal unveiling for the family and a glass was raised for the decorated war veteran.

Sgt Cooper earned the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack while serving in the 12th Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Regiment. During the battle, enemy machine guns from a concrete blockhouse 250 yards away were holding up the advance of the battalion on his left, and were causing heavy casualties to his own battalion. …

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