BORN HULL 01/11/1882. SON OF ROBERT HAYLETT COOPER (1851-1910) AND HARRIET CLARK (1852-1930). HE HAD THREE BROTHERS AND THREE SISTERS. HIS FATHER DIED IN 1910. HE WAS SERVING AS A ROYAL NAVY, STOKER, AT CHATHAM DOCKS, KENT (1911 CENSUS). DIED ON HMS “HOGUE, 22/09/1914, AGED 32.
HIS WAR PENSION WENT TO HIS FOSTER MOTHER MRS PHOEBE ANN DADEY, (HIS BROTHER’S WIFE), WHO LIVED AT SOUTHERGATE, HEDON. (NAVAL RECORDS ADDRESS).
HE IS ONE OF 18 NAMES LISTED ON HEDON WW1 MEMORIAL, IVY LANE HEDON. ALSO ONE OF 6 NAMES LISTED ON THE BILTON WW1 MEMORIAL, AT ST PETERS CHURCH, BILTON (57 SERVED, 6 DIED).
HE IS COMMEMORATED ON THE CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, KENT, UK.
HIS BROTHER, ROBERT HAYLETT COOPER, WAS LOST AT SEA ON THE TRAWLER ‘HELCIA’, WHICH STRUCK A MINE, IN THE NORTH SEA, ON 22/09/1919, AGED 30.
HMS Hogue was a British cruiser from WWI, torpedoed by U-9. The U-9 was responsible for the killing of 1459 man in one single day, sending Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue or a total of 36.000 tons to the bottom. Some sources say U-9 surrendered at the end of WWI and was broken up in 1919, others say she was scuttled. On September 22nd 1914, U-9 (Ltn. Otto Weddigen) became world famous when she sank three 12.000 ton British cruisers in less than one hour: Aboukir HMS, Cressy HMS and Hogue HMS, with the loss of almost 1400 men.