To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Lance Corporal

George William Cooper

Known as Bill


1913/03/07 - Born Eye, Suffolk

Son of Alfred  and Alice (nee Thurston) Cooper


Royal Engineers

22 Fortress Company


Hong Kong

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While stationed in Hong Kong with the Royal Engineers prior to World War II, Bill met Barbara Isabelle Brunette Lord.

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Barbara riding ‘Lucky Day’ Bill leading horse- 1939


Japanese Invasion of Hong Kong

1941/12/25 - Hong Kong Surrendered


1942/01/19 - WO 417/37, Casualty List No. 724. Missing

1942/08/20 - WO 417/48, Casualty List No. 907. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 724 as Missing, 25/12/1941. Handwritten note: "PD/C L 1594/34". Prisoner of War (Previously reported as Missing)


Japanese PoW

1941/25/25 - Captured Hong Kong

PoW No. 1395

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


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1942/09/27 - Sailed from Hong Kong in the Lisbon Maru

On the third day at sea Diptheria broke out.

1942/10/01 - A noise like air rushing out of a tyre woke the sleeping PoWs and they realised a torpedo had just missed the ship. A few minutes later there was a loud explosion and the ships engines stopped.

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The submarine, USS Grouper SS-214 had attacked and hit the Lisbon Maru.

At 7.30pm the Japanese destroyer ‘Kure’ and the Toyokuni Maru took of all the Japanese except a machine gun crew who had their gun trained on the Battened down hold.

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1942/10/02 - Lisbon Maru sunk


1943/01/20 - WO417/56, Casualty List No. 1037. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 907 as Prisoner of War Hong Kong. Missing



Age 29


Died in the sinking of the Lisbon Maru


Loved Ones

Husband of Barbara Isabelle Brunette Cooper

Father of  Patrick Charles Hay Cooper and his wife Anne Cooper

Grandfather of Penelope Jane (Penny) Cooper



In Memory

Penelope Jane Roderick (nee Cooper; known as Penny; daughter of Patrick and Anne)

Toby Charles Roderick (husband of Penny)

Hugo Charles Roderick (son of Penny and Toby)

Camilla Olive Roderick (daughter of Penny and Toby)

Daniel Joseph Cummins (known as Dan; Dan served  as a Staff Sergeant in the 8th Special Hospital, 9th Division 2nd Australian Imperial Force, in the Middle East. After the War he met and married Barbara and became Patrick’s step-father.)

Robina Ann Cummins (daughter of Barbara and Dan; sister of Patrick)



Sai Wan War Cemetery

Column 7.





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Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Robina Cummins

Lisbon Maru

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Books by Tony Banham:-

          ‘Not the Slightest Chance - The Defence of Hong Kong’

          ‘We Shall Suffer There’

          ‘The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru’

KEW Files:- WO 392/23, WO 361/1744/2, WO 345/12,


''Our Thanks are for being a Chapter in Life.''




Keeping The Candle Burning


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