QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1902 (6802 Pte. E. Cooper. The Queen’s.) official correction to name.
Edward Cooper was born in the Parish of Mile End, London, and enlisted into the Royal West Surrey Regiment at Stratford on 2 July 1901, aged 18 years 3 months, a carman by trade.
He served in South Africa from 25 April 1902 to 7 June 1904, during which time he was posted absent without leave from 26-31 August 1902. He was subsequently convicted by District Court Martial and convicted of 1: ‘Breaking out of Camp. 2: Attempting to Desert His Majesties Service. 3: Losing by neglect his equipment.’ He was sentenced to 56 days imprisonment with hard labour and ordered to make good the cost of lost equipment.
He was discharged medically unfit on 18 June 1913.