Private Alexander Cameron Cooper

Biography of Private Alexander Cameron Cooper

Alexander Cameron Cooper was born in Glasgow, and was the son of David and Helen Cooper of Berryknowe Everard Drive, Bishopbriggs. He was a former pupil of North Kelvinside Academy (now Cleveden Secondary).

In 1916, he matriculated and enrolled as a medical student, taking classes Zoology, Chemistry, Botany, Anatomy and Physics. On his matriculation form, he described his father’s occupation as ‘iron moulder’.

Alexander put his MB.Ch.B course on hold in 1917 and enlisted as a Private in the 15th Highland Light Infantry, known as the Glasgow Tramway Battalion.

On 11th August 1918, aged 20, he was reported missing, presumed killed in action. He was last seen in the village of Damery during the Battle of Picardy when the Allied Armies began an offensive that would last 100 days and end in success. In these first engagements, from the 8th to the 12th August, the infantry made one of the greatest advances of the war, 7 miles on the one day. The Vis-en-Artois memorial, which commemorates Private Alexander Cameron Cooper, records the names of 9,000 men who died there between the 8th August and the Armistice and have no known grave.

His death came just a few days before that of Allan John Edmiston, his classmate for one short year as medical students from 1916-17.

Summary

Private Alexander Cameron Cooper
Rank: Private
Regiment: 15th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Missing. Presumed killed in France 11 August 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/676
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry Records - R8/5/37/1

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour - Ch 4/4/2/3/676

CWGC Debt of Honour

North Kelvinside ROH

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