1st/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment
Died: 20 January 1965
George was born in Campden on 29 July 1889, the fourth and youngest son of Henry and Mary Cooper of “Boxhedge”, Sheep Street. He was baptised at St. James’s Church on 27 July 1890. He went to school in the town. His father was an agricultural machinist and George found employment as a labourer. He soon developed a genuine interest in pigeons and became an active member of Moreton-in-Marsh Pigeon Club for many years. The last job he held before he retired was as caretaker at Campden Grammar School.
He married his first wife, Kate Beasley (not to be confused with Kate Amelia Beasley, who married his brother William in 1913), at St. James’s Church on 21 December 1912 and they had three children: George Henry Austen, George Donal and George Reginald. Kate died on 28 July 1923 aged 43 years and is buried in St. James’s churchyard in Campden.
During the First World War George served with the 1st/5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. This was a Territorial battalion that contained several other Campden men. The 1918 electoral roll lists George as living in Twine Cottages and absent on military service.
George died on 20 January 1965 at Stratford-upon-Avon Hospital aged 75 and is buried in St. James’s churchyard. His address at the time of his death was 3, The Almshouses, Campden and his obituary in the Evesham Journal indicates that his second wife, formerly Miss Gladys Williams, survived him. Gladys died in 1969 aged 75 years.