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John Cooper was born in 1894 in Wolverhampton, the son of John and Louisa Jane Cooper (nee Parton). In 1901 they were living at 12 Coven Street together with John’s sister Ann R. and brother George F.  They were at the same address in 1911, and were joined by a further two sisters (F. D. and M. V. E.) and a son (H. L. T.). By this date John had become a labourer.

John enlisted into the 1st Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9630). He first entered the war on 17 December 1914, but was killed in action on 29 December the same year. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium and possibly on the memorial of St Luke’s Church, Blakenhall.