Commissioned by purchase, 17 February 1854 to 57th Foot. Lieutenant by purchase, 15 September 1854. KSA from SAMIF. Served with the Red Cross in the Russo-Turkish War of 1878. Author of 'A prisoner of war in Russia : my experiences amongst the refugees, with the Red Crescent' in 1878, 'The History of the Imperial Ottoman Gendarmerie' in 1880 and 'Swazieland as an Imperial Factor' in 1892.
Crimea (1) Sebastopol (Capt 57th Foot);
KSA (2) (Capt SAMIF);
Order of the Osmanieh, 3rd class n/b;
Order of the Medjidie, 3rd class n/b;
Turkish Crimea (Sardinian) (Capt 57th Foot);
Turkish Medal for the Defence of Plevna, 1877 (Colonel, Imperial Ottoman Gendarmerie).
The Kaplan roll shows a "Capt. Coope, W.J." in 2nd Brabant's Horse with clasp entitlement of 'Wepener" and "Cape Colony". There is a marginal note: "Resigned nv". Any idea what "nv" indicates?
Purchase,sale or exchange of a Commission was forbidden from 1/11/1871. Earlier, It was possible to purchase a commission at a very young age. As he served in the Crimea in 1854, I suppose Willian Jesser Coope would then have been perhaps 20 years-of-age. Thus born about 1834. At the time of the Wepener Siege, this puts the gentleman at having been around some sixty-six summers. Certainly an active life.