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Photos and Documents from the Collection of

John Mark Cooper

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John Mark Cooper, CPO ERA

 

Born: 1911   Crossed the Bar: 1975

 

HMCS Strathroy

 

Photo taken sometime after the war

John Mark Cooper's War Service Gratuity

From the collection of John Cooper

Courtesy of David Barlow

World War 2 Ration Book

 

           

 

From the collection of John Cooper

Courtesy of David Barlow

Page from Canning Sugar Ration Book

From the collection of John Cooper

Courtesy of David Barlow

Memorial of John Mark Cooper

 

Courtesy of David Barlow

Remembering John Mark Cooper

 

As seems to be usual with veterans, my uncle didn't talk much about his war service. The only story I remember.... Uncle John and his family, which included my mother, emigrated from England in the early 1900's. Over the years, he kept in contact with some of the relatives they left behind. He once told me that he would like to return to England to see them again. When he enlisted in the RCN, he told me that he thought he may finally have an opportunity, on someone else's dime, to visit England, as he had been assigned to a corvette performing convoy escort duty. He was a Chief Petty Officer and an Engine Room Artificer (ERA). He said that on more than one occasion they escorted convoys to somewhere in the Atlantic, where a group of escorts from England would pick up the convoy and take it the rest of the way to England. The Canadian escort ships would then turn around and proceed back to Halifax to await the next convoy. Whether they were escorting empty ships returning to North America to be reloaded, he never mentioned.

 

Finally the Strathroy received word that the convoy they were next going to escort would proceed to Bermuda and the RCN would continue with them to England. Here finally was his chance to get to England. The ship eventually arrived at Bermuda only to have the war end while they were there. All he got to experience was shore leave while in Bermuda before they returned home. He never did get back to his birthplace.

Courtesy of David Barlow

 

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