Correctly named L-5864 Cpl SG Cooper 5th Lrs
Sidney |George Cooper was born in 1893 in Baldock, Hertfordshire.
He had attested into the Royal Artillery in 1913 with the service number of 70507 but was no longer in the Army when he attested into the 5th Lancers in August 1914. He was at the time working as an iron moulder.
He went to France with the 5th on the 17th of May 1915.
The 5th Lancers, as part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, were heavily involved and played a major role in the initial mobile actions fought by the BEF. They gained the distinction of being the last cavalry regiment to withdraw from Mons during the retreat; they also had the privilege to be the first British regiment to re-enter Mons after the pursuit in November 1918. Generally the First World War is described as a war of trench deadlock primarily fought by the infantry, gunners and engineers, this assessment is correct. It must however be remembered that cavalry regiments were expected to take their place in the line from time to time and did share the privations of trench warfare suffered by the infantry. On a number of occasions the 5th particularly distinguished themselves: in the defence of Guillemont Farm, June 1917, 3 MCs, and 4 MMs were won.
Sidney was transferred out of the Lancers in October 1917 and into the Labour Corps and given the service number 384824. He had suffered from gastritis and an old knee injury. He served with 99 POW Company and later with 767 Area Employment Company.
He was discharged as a Warrant Officer Class II in late 1919.
He married Lily May Whiffen in 1928.
In 1939, we find them living at 12 South Road, Baldock and he is a coal merchant (employer). He is seen also to be serving as an ARP warden.
Sidney died in 1952.
On a short length of original ribbon.