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Arthur Coop was born on 19th July 1884. He was the son of James Sparling Coop and Frances Amelia (nee DEUTSHMAN) who were living at 27 Mushroom Street, Newtown, Leeds, Yorkshire. James and Frances (known as Rebecca) were married at St. John’s church in Leeds on 15th March 1868. Arthur was their seventh child of eight.

  • George Sparling COOP (1869 – 1947)
  • James Deutshman COOP (1871 – 1943)
  • Sarah Rebecca COOP (1873 – 1945)
  • Percy Adolphus COOP (1875 – 1918)
  • Dennis Dixon COOP (1878 – 1953)
  • Thomas M COOP (1880 – 1957)
  • Arthur COOP (1884 – 1921)
  • Isaac Deutshman COOP, known as John (1887 – 1917)

On the 1891 and 1901 census the family are found living at 1 Telephone Terrace, Leeds. In 1901, 16 year old Arthur was self-employed as a fish monger.

Arthur joined the Border Regiment as a Private (number 6871) and sailed with their 1st Battalion from Avonmouth for Gallipoli, going via Egypt and Mudro on 17th March 1915. They landed at Cape Helles on 25th April 1915. In January 1916, at the same time as the 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, they were evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt.

At some point Arthur was transferred to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (number 40378) and, during the course of the War, was promoted up to the rank of Temporary Warrant Officer Class One holding the appointment of Regimental Serjeant Major.

In the Peace Gazette of June 1919 R.S.M Arthur Coop and another Yorkshire man, Acting R.S.M Frank Craven (with consecutive service number 40379) of the 1/12th Battalion were awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for Egypt.

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The Peace Gazette was the major MSM gazette which recognised valuable services in connection with the War. In the Peace Gazette, 235 men were recognised for valuable service in the Egyptian theatre (there were just 471 M.S.Ms awarded for Egypt throughout the whole War, compared to over 10,000 for France and Flanders).

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Arthur appears to have continued to serve in the Middle East after hostilities had ended. He was still serving when the Regiment changed their name to the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) and had the post war number 3847259.

On 2nd July he registered his last will and testament. It read as follows;

In the event of my death, I give to my mother half of the effects due to me, Frances Emelia Rebecca Coop, 10 Manor Terrace, Horsforth, Leeds, Yorkshire. and the other half to my fiancee, Beatrice Harrison c/o (Mastr Nohman) 83 Rue Rossette, Alexandria, Egypt.  My medals and decorations I leave to the Sergt’s Mess 1st Batt The Border Regiment. Signed 40378 Arthur Coop R.S.M. Loyal North Lancs. Dated 2nd July 1920.

There are some wonderful pictures of Rue Rossette in the Michael Haag book ‘Vintage Alexandria’ available free HERE.

Regimental Serjeant Major Arthur Coop died in Mesopotamia on 7th January 1921 and was buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. I have no further information as to why he was in Mesopotamia or how he died.

Rank: Regimental Serjeant Major
Service No: 3847259
Date of Death: 07/01/1921
Regiment/Service: The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)
Awards: M S M
Grave Reference: VIII. K. 2.
Cemetery: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY

Unfortunately his service papers appear not to have survived.

Additional family information

His younger brother, Issac (a.k.a John) was a Private in the 9th Battalion, Royal Scots (number 352191). Issac was killed on 23rd April 1917 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial.

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