Cooper, Sidney M


War Service:
Corporal Sidney M COOPER of the Royal Marine Light Infantry detachment on the battleship HMS Albion died of wounds on 26 May 1915, aged 43. HMS Albion was part of the Naval force providing gunfire support for the Allied troops ashore on the Gallipoli peninsula. On the night of 22/23 May 1915 Albion beached on a sandbank and came under heavy fire from Turkish shore batteries. About 200 fragmentation shells hit her but could not penetrate her armour and did no serious damage. Albion suffered fewer than a dozen casualties, one of them probably being Corporal Cooper. After efforts were made to free her by reducing her weight and using the recoil of firing her main guns simultaneously, her sister ship Canopus towed her to safety on 24 May 1915. Albion left the area for repairs on 26 May 1915.

He is buried in Dido Valley cemetery, Simonstown South Africa.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial at St Mildred’s church, Lee.

He was the husband of Rose Lavinia Cooper of 3 Butterfield Street, Baring Road, Lee.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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