The very fine Great War Battle of the Canal du Nord 1st October 1918 Machine Gun Section Commander’s Distinguished Conduct Medal group awarded to Sergeant F.R. Cooper, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, late 33rd Canadian Infantry, who in command of a section of four machine guns on 1st October 1918 near Bourlon, rushed his guns to a position to cover a gap in the line, directing heavy fire on a hostile counter attack that was developing, and causing many casualties.

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The very fine Great War Battle of the Canal du Nord 1st October 1918 Machine Gun Section Commander’s Distinguished Conduct Medal group awarded to Sergeant F.R. Cooper, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, late 33rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry, who when in command of a section of four machine guns, during the operations on 1st October 1918 near Bourlon, he rushed his guns to a position to cover a gap in the line, directing heavy fire on a hostile counter attack that was developing, and causing many casualties.

Group of 3: Distinguished Conduct Medal, GVR bust; (401713 SJT R. COOPER. 2/CAN: M.G.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (401713 SJT. F.R. COOPER. C.M.G.BDE.)

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Russel Cooper was born on 24th April 1896 in London, Ontario, Canada, and having worked as a shoemaker, then enlisted into the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at London, Ontario, on 30th March 1915, joining as a Private (No.401713) the 33rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.

Cooper formed part of the 2nd Reinforcing Draft for the Battalion, and sailed for England aboard the S.S. Hesperian from Montreal on 17th August 1915. On 6th April the 33rd Battalion was retitled the 33rd Reserve Battalion, and was used to provide reinforcements for the Canadian Corps until 6th July 1916 when its personnel were absorbed in to the 36th Battalion, and the 33rd Battalion was officially disbanded on 17th July 1917.

At some stage Cooper transferred into the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps, and it was for his gallantry in the operations to capture the Canal du Nord when in command of a section of four guns near Bourlon on 1st October 1918 which led in his award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette on 11th March 1920.

The citation reads as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and initiative in command of a section of four machine guns. During the operations on 1st October 1918, near Bourlon, he rushed his guns to a position to cover a gap in the line, directing heavy fire on a hostile counter attack that was developing, and causing many casualties.’


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