Other names: Frank Leonard
Locations in this story: Dallinghoo, SuffolkIsle of Thanet, KentCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetWareham, Dorset
Story: Frank Leonard Cooper was born in Dallinghoo, Suffolk, on 19 Oct 1880 the son of Amos Cooper and Mary Cooper (nee Fuller). He lived his early life with his parents at the Post office, Dallinghoo, until by 1901 he had moved to the Isle of Thanet, Kent, as an Assistant School Master. He married Eva Laurie Mott at St. Andrews Church, South Shoebury, Essex, on 12 Apr 1909. By 1911 he had moved to Hill View, Brinscombe Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, having taken up a post as a School Master. The Absent Voters List of 1918 & 1919 indicate that he was still residing in Cann, Shaftesbury, and serving with the 4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment as an Assistant Quartermaster Sergeant (Service No. 202054). It is not known in which theatre of war he served nor are any medal records readily available. The fact that he served was also recorded on the National Union of Teachers Roll of Honour. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 50 North Street, Wareham, Dorset, described as an Elementary School Teacher as well as a Volunteer ARP Warden. He died in Wareham, Dorset, on 14 Mar 1966.