Allen Claude COOPER

Regimental number12/321
AddressBarry Road, Waihi
Marital statusSingle
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Agnew, Barry Road, Waihi
Rank on embarkationLance Corporal
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rankLieutenant
Final unit6th (Hauraki) Company, 2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
FateKilled in Action 7 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsMessines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Margaret Ann Agnew (formerly Cooper), Barry Road, Waihi, Thames, and the late William Cooper. Also served in Egypt and Gallipoli

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his platoon with great courage and initiative. Later, although wounded, he remained at his post. Previously he captured an enemy machine gun himself.'
Source: 'London Gazette'
Date: 25 November 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body