Cooper, Henry Albert (Private, b.1897 - d.1989)

Accession Number AWM2016.798.1
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Cooper, Henry Albert
Place made France
Date made 1915 - 1917
Access Open
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection relating to the First World War service of 1917 Private Henry Albert Cooper, who served initially with the 13th Reinforcements Light horse Brigade in Egypt, and later with the 47th Australian Field Artillery Battery, in France. The collection comprises an original handwritten diary, covering 18 months of Cooper’s service, from the 10 August 1915 to 12 February 1917. Cooper’s entries are detailed and descriptive. His entry for Christmas 1916 reads ‘Weather frosty. Everyone has colds. We have to keep whale oil on our feet to keep them from getting frost bitten. Xmas day we get comforts fund boxes. Pudding issued 1lb per man. I am in dugout with Tom Davis, 1 row of sandbags between us and 8 ft of mud’. Although Cooper’s final entry is a couple of months later, on 12 February 1917, he served the course of the war, returning to Australia on 11 May 1919. Later pages in the diary have been used to record a range of notes, from recipes to a French discourse. These entries vary in handwriting. On the final page is a pen and ink drawing of a woman, signed by Cooper.