Able Seaman John Cooper RN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CWGC Information

Name: COOPER 
Initials: J 
Nationality: United Kingdom 
Rank: Ordinary Seaman 
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy 
Unit Text: H.M.S. "Africa" 
Date of Death: 13/09/1918 
Service No: J/81782(CH) 
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead 
Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. D. 6. 
Cemetery: FREETOWN (KING TOM) CEMETERY

A Poem from a dying boy

This came into my possession by a strange quirk of fate, I had put a post on the Great War Forum requesting information about John, I had a few replies and left it at that. The next day I went into my local library totally by chance, I saw a woman erecting a display there and she was struggling with a poster. I offered her my assistance and put the poster up for her, you could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw these words facing  me.

Drifting

I feel the high tide of my life is ebbing fast away,
I know that I am drifting, yet still I cannot stay,
I must keep drifting onwards, and trust as to my fate,
Praying God will guide me before it is to late
I,m drifting to another land, but I drift not to despair,
My heart rejoices at the thought of seeing mother there,
I feel her angel spirit near, guarding and watching with joy,
The drifting tide, as it brings her lost, broken hearted boy.

 

Seaman John Cooper,
Late 26 First Street Newtongrange
Died on active service 13th September 1918 at HMS Haslar (Hospital)

He had written this just prior to his death and one of the nurses had posted it home.

Spooky.

John Cooper was one of 50 men, one officer and 49 other ranks from HMS Afica to die of the Flu in approximately one week in September 1918 I have listed them below.

1 ALLISON , H A  Corporal  RMA/12886 Royal Marine Artillery 14/09/1918 28  1. C. 1. 

2 AMOR , A H K  Petty Officer Telegraphist  PO/231633 Royal Navy 16/09/1918 29  1. C. 18.

3 BARNES, JOHN, J  Able Seaman  J/24560 Royal Navy 16/09/1918 20  1. E. 12. 

4 BARRETT , R J  Able Seaman  J/43635(CH) Royal Navy 15/09/1918 Unknown  1. C. 3.

5 BELLINGHAM , A W  Signaller  J/63054(CH) Royal Navy 16/09/1918 18  1. B. 4.

6 BRACKLEY , G C G  Ordinary Telegraphist  J/54151 Royal Navy 13/09/1918 18  1. D. 11.

7 BROWN, GILBERT F., G F  Petty Officer  CH/226773 Royal Navy 23/08/1918 30  1. F. 19.

8 BUTTERFIELD, RICHARD JAMES, R J  Private  CH/18982 Royal Marine Light Infantry 12/09/1918 21  1. E. 19.

9 CHALKLEN , E C  Stoker 1st Class  K/45/22(CH) Royal Navy 18/09/1918 18  1. B. 12. 

10 CHAPMAN , F  Leading Seaman  229569(CH) Royal Navy 16/09/1918 Unknown  1. B. 1.

11 CLARK , C W  Stoker 1st Class  K/42586 Royal Navy 14/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 7.

12COOKE , F  Leading Stoker  K/11265(CH) Royal Navy 15/09/1918 Unknown  1. C. 6. 

13 COOPER , J  Ordinary Seaman  J/81782(CH) Royal Navy 13/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 6.

14 COSHELL, JOHN, J  Boy 1st Class  J/51892(Dev) Royal Navy 16/09/1918 17  4. A. 16.

15 DARE, ARTHUR WILLIAM, A W  Petty Officer  229273(CH) Royal Navy 12/09/1918 28  1. E. 17.

16 DAVIS , A  Ordinary Seaman  SS/7414(CH) Royal Navy 13/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 5.

17 DEESON , L A  Schoolmaster    Royal Navy 28/09/1918 Unknown  1. B. 16.

18 DUCKMANTON , W N  Painter 1st Class  341668(CH) Royal Navy 09/09/1918 Unknown  1. E. 7.

19 GOODACRE , J  Stoker 1st Class  K/27322 Royal Navy 13/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 9.

20 HORNBLOWER, FREDERICK EDWARD, F E  Leading Stoker  K/11836(CH) Royal Navy 13/09/1918 26  1. D. 1.

21 JACQUES , G  Able Seaman  J/55105 Royal Navy 14/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 14.

22 JENKINS , M  Gunner  RMA/5814 Royal Marine Artillery 29/07/1918 Unknown  1. F. 11.

23 JOBSON, CHRISTOPHER, C  Stoker 1st Class  SS/116072 Royal Navy 16/09/1918 27  1. C. 15.

24 JUKES , R  Leading Stoker  310799 Royal Navy 19/09/1918 Unknown  1. B. 9.

25 MACFARLANE , M C  Able Seaman  Clyde Z/8257 Royal Navy 15/09/1918 Unknown  1. C. 5.

26 MARSH , E C  Leading Stoker  K/21398(CH) Royal Navy 15/09/1918 23  1. D. 18.

27 MARTIN , F  Blacksmith's Mate  M/19065(CH) Royal Navy 14/09/1918 Unknown  1. C. 2.

28 MORGAN , J  Stoker  14168 Royal Naval Reserve 16/09/1918 Unknown  1. C. 11.

29 NEALE , J  Stoker 1st Class  K/34280 Royal Navy 15/09/1918 Unknown  1. C. 7.

30 NUNN , W  Chief Stoker  276338 Royal Navy 12/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 2.

31 PAINE , J A  Stoker 1st Class  K/34597(CH) Royal Navy 14/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 17.

32 PAISLEY, WILLIAM, W  Lieutenant    Royal Naval Reserve 18/09/1918 29  1. B. 8.

33 POTTER, THOMAS, T  Leading Stoker  K/24073(CH) Royal Navy 15/09/1918 23  1. C. 9.

34 POWELL , J R T  Stoker 1st Class  K/21390 Royal Navy 20/09/1918 Unknown  1. B. 13.

35 PROBART , W  Ordinary Seaman  J/34879 Royal Navy 21/09/1918 Unknown  1. B. 14.

36 SAWYER , S W  Leading Seaman  J/18519 Royal Navy 12/09/1918 22  1. E. 15.

37 SHARLAND , W G  Corporal  CH/17820 Royal Marine Light Infantry 13/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 3.

38 SIMPSON , G W  Ordinary Seaman  J/81840 Royal Navy 13/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 12.

39 SKATES , W R  Gunner  RMA/14263 Royal Marine Artillery 16/09/1918 Unknown  1. B. 5.

40 TAYLOR , W H M  Able Seaman  J/44751 Royal Navy 13/09/1918 Unknown  1. F. 17.

41 THORPE , A K  Able Seaman  227853 Royal Navy 12/09/1918 Unknown  1. E. 14.

42 TIPPLE, ALFRED PATRICK, A P  Able Seaman  J/4896(PO) Royal Navy 14/09/1918 28  1. D. 19.

43 TOMLYN , J  Private  CH/20989 Royal Marine Light Infantry 14/09/1918 Unknown  1. D. 16.

44 WEAVER, SIDNEY FRANK, S F  Able Seaman  J/32746 Royal Navy 14/09/1918 19  1. D. 15.

45 WHITE , S J  Able Seaman  21820(CH) Royal Navy 16/09/1918 Unknown  1. C. 13.

46 WICKS , L  Able Seaman  J/51762(PO) Royal Navy 17/09/1918 Unknown  1. B. 6.

47 WILDISH, ARTHUR, A  Petty Officer Stoker  K/1015 Royal Navy 16/09/1918 31  1. C. 16.

48 WILSON, CHARLES, C  Gunner  RMA/12857 Royal Marine Artillery 18/09/1918 24  1. B. 11.

49 WRIGHT , S  Sick Berth Steward  351560(CH) Royal Navy 17/09/1918 Unknown  1. C. 19.

50 YOUNG , E W  Ordinary Seaman  J/81852 Royal Navy 16/09/1918 36  1. C. 14.