Biography

Birth date: 03 August 1893
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Inverell
Death date: 12 July 1948
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final rank: Private
Service number: 475 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment

Gordon Colin Cooper was born at Inverell, New South Wales, on 3 August 1893. The 21-year-old farmer enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force on 27 August 1914. Cooper departed Sydney with the 1st Light Horse Regiment aboard HMAT Star of Victoria on 20 October 1914.

Cooper and the 1st Light Horse Regiment landed on Gallipoli in May 1915. Over the next few months this unit played a mostly defensive role until the evacuation in December. After Gallipoli, he started to document his experiences in several diaries.

In July 1916, Cooper was transferred to the 1st Light Horse Brigade Machine Gun Squadron and fought at the battle of Romani in August. He continued to serve with this unit throughout 1917 and 1918 as it moved further into Palestine and Transjordan, continually pushing back the Turkish forces. Cooper's diaries detail keen observations on military life during this time and descriptions of the battles in which the unit participated. In July 1918, while travelling between Jerusalem and Solomon's Pools, he was bucked from his horse and sustained head and eye injuries.

Cooper arrived back in Australia on 24 November 1918 and later married. He would once again serve his country, this time in the Second World War with the Department of the Army in the New South Wales Echelon and Record Office. Gordon Cooper died on 12 July 1948 and is buried at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 20 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Digitised Collection

Diary of Gordon Colin Cooper, 1916-1917

Diary relating to the First World War service of 475 Private Gordon Colin Cooper, 1st Light Horse Regiment. In this diary, written between 1 January 1916 and 13 January 1917, Cooper records his service as part of 1st Light Horse Regiment, which also includes sketches, addresses, poems and other...

RCDIG0000901

Diary of Gordon Colin Cooper, 1917-1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of 475 Private Gordon Colin Cooper, 1st Light Horse Regiment. In this diary, kept between 1 January 1917 and 3 January 1918, Cooper records his service as part of 1st Light Horse Regiment. Among his obervations about military life are descriptions of...

RCDIG0000904

Diary of Gordon Colin Cooper, 1918

Diary relating to the First World War service of 475 Private Gordon Colin Cooper, 1st Light Horse Regiment. In this diary, written between 1 January 1918 and 23 November 1918, Cooper records his service as part of 1st Light Horse Regiment, which also includes sketches, translations of Arabic words...

RCDIG0000905

Private Record

Cooper, Gordon Colin (Lance Corporal)

Collection relating to 475 Private Gordon Colin Cooper, 1 Australian Light Horse Regiment, Egypt and Palestine, 1916-1918. Original diaries contain brief entries covering Cooper's time with the Regiment providing details of his daily routines as well as the preparation for and recovery from... Maker: Cooper, Gordon Colin

1DRL/0211 (With records)

Timeline

Date of birth 1893-08-03
Date of embarkation 1914-10-20
Date of death 1948-07-12