Henry Cooper VC

Name: Henry Cooper

Conflict: Crimean War

Gazetted: February 24, 1857

Service: Royal Navy

Henry Cooper VC
Henry Cooper Medals
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Place/date of birth: Devonport, Plymouth, Devon/1825

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Boatswain

Date of bravery: June 3, 1855

London Gazette citation:

Henry Cooper, Boatswain.

Performed the desperate service of landing at Taganrog in presence of a large force, to set fire to the Government Stores. See preceding Memoir of Commander Buckley.

(Admiral Lord Lyons’ Despatch, 6th June, 1855, No. 429.)

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Other decorations:  N/A

Place/date of death: Torpoint, Cornwall/July 15, 1893

Grave/memorials: Antony Churchyard, near Torpoint, Cornwall

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Buckland, Dix & Wood, London, 1993

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum