FRANK NEVEL COOPS – SERGEANT 8676
Frank Nevel Coops was born in Alderley Edge in 1888 to Henry and Jane Coops. Henry was a gardener in domestic service.
In 1891 when Frank was 3 years he and his family were living in Brown Street, Alderley Edge but by 1901 they were all living in Audley, Staffordshire, Jane’s home town.
He enlisted in Chester in to the Cheshire Regiment on 22nd July 1907 and served as a regular soldier in India for 8 years. While there he developed Malaria which he took many months to recover. At the outbreak of war in Europe the regiment returned to England.
He was then transferred to the British Expeditionary Force to France on 16/1/1915 but this only lasted for 12 days returning on 28th Jan 1915.
On the 10th May1915 Frank married local girl Alice Ann Taylor in Chester and his home address was given as Warford Avenue, Warford. He was then drafted back to France on the 25th September. Later in the same year he was admitted to hospital with frost bite.
He was promoted to Sergeant 13th January 1916. He was wounded in action on 14th July 1916 at the Somme and he died three days later aged 28 years.
He left a widow but no children. Alice moved to Hawthorn View, Lindow and received a pension of 11 shillings a week for the loss of her husband.
He is also remembers on a memorial in Dolgellau, Gwynedd. He had three brothers also in action.
British War Medal
He is buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France