Harry Turner COOPER
Rank: Private
Number: 40691
Unit: B Company. 9th Battalion YORK & LANCASTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 5 June 1917
Age: 24
Cemetery: White House Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Henry Cooper and Kate Turner married at St Thomas’ Church, Heaton Norris in the late summer of 1890. Three years later, Harry was born and it would not be until 1899 that another son, Rowland, would join him. Henry died in 1910 but Kate and the boys continued at 6 Grosvenor Road, Heaton Moor. Before he enlisted into the army, in September 1916, Harry worked at the Withington branch of the Manchester & County Bank.

After a tour of duty in the trenches, the 9th York & Lancaster returned to camp on 1 June 1917. They had a relaxing few days and possibly had the opportunity for a bath. During the evening of the 5th, their rest over, they moved forward to prepare for an attack that would be carried out on the 8th. They took up positions near the village of Zilllebeke, relieving another Battalion. The approximate times of reliefs were often known to the opposite side and it became a favourite time for the artillery of both forces to shell their opponents. This evening was no exception and twelve members of the Battalion, including Harry, were killed.

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