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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

Reuben Coop

Reuben CoopBolton Journal and Guardian 13 October 1916

Colonial Missing at the Dardanelles

The news that his son, Pte. R. Coop, No. 349 C Company, 9th Battalion 3rd Brigade, 1st Division Australian imperial Force, is missing has been received from the War Office by Mr. G. Coop, 231, Willows Lane, Bolton. The gallant young colonial was in action at the Dardanelles about the end of June, and since then nothing has been heard of him. A joiner by trade, he emigrated to Australia about nine years ago and was employed in Brisbane.

AIF Witness statement:

Pte W. A. Page, 1865 B Co, 9 A.I.F. O/S base, Giza, Cairo

Coop was shot by the side of witness on June 28, on the left near Tasman Post, Just in front of Gun Ridge. He was cut almost in halves by machine gun fire, and died immediately. This happened during a demonstration made to draw the Turkish fire, during which 178 out of 250 men were knocked out. A party went out to bring the bodies in, but had to give up as machine guns were turned on them. Coop's body was, therefore, not recovered.

9th Battalion Unit Diary - 28 June 1915

Two companies (B and C Companies) provided to attack Sniper’s Ridge south and Razor Back Ridge. C Company moved out of the 12th Btn trenches and B Company debouched from the dump in front of 11th Btn. Major Walsh commanded B Company and Captain Young, C Company. The attack was made with the object of co-operating with the Southern force and preventing the enemy from sending re-inforcements down. The attack of B Company was well carried out. C Company was under heavy fire from both flanks both shrapnel and machine guns, this attack was not well carried out and a retirement took place without orders from the company commander. The attack commenced at 1pm and B Company was ordered to retire at 2:50pm. The casualties were heavy. The missing in B Company are almost certain to be killed. It is possible that of the 15 missing in C Company the party under Lieut. Jordan may be prisoners.

Reuben was the son of George Coop b.1842, a grocer/provision dealer, and Betsy Coop née Entwistle b.1843

George and Betsy's children were listed on the 1871 Census as Simeon b.1867 and Reuben b.1870.

By 1891 the first Reuben had died and Simeon had been joined by Charles b.1874, George b.1879 and Margaret Hannah b.1881.

The second Reuben first appeared on the 1891 Census.

By 1901 the family were living at 344 Deane Road and Reuben was working as a joiner's apprentice.

Reuben's mother died in 1907.

Reuben set sail from Liverpool for Sydney, Australia aboard the SS Essex on 28 March 1908.

By the 1911 Census George Coop had retired and was living with his daughter (Margaret) Hannah who had married James Leach.

 

Name Coop, Reuben
Rank Private
Number 349
Unit 9th Bn
Australian Imperial Force
Born Bolton, Lancashire 1885
Enlisted Enoggera,
Queensland, Australia
20 August 1914
Died Gallipoli, Turkey
28 June 1915
Age 30
Grave or Memorial Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
CWGC DETAILS
Australian Imperial Force