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Cooper, Nicholas Aitken (1920-1941)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Nicholas Aitken Cooper (1920-1941), born 3 May 1920, son of Major J.P.C. Cooper, O.B.E., M.C., The Roundabout, West Byfleet, Surrey.


Attended St Edmund's School, Hindhead.


Attended Sherborne School (The Green) May 1934-March 1939; 6th form.


WW2, Pilot Officer (Observer), 82 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed on active service when two aircraft collided en route from RAF Bodney in Norfolk to St Eval in Cornwall, possibly over Fairford, Gloucestershire, on 4 July 1941, aged 21.


Commemorated at:

Watton (St Mary) Churchyard, Norfolk, Row C. Grave 54. Inscription on his headstone: ‘TO THE GREAT INCOMPREHENSIBLE GOD AND TO THE HAPPY AND RADIANT MEMORY OF IAN’,-nicho...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Nicholas Aitken Cooper, Pilot-Officer, R.A.F., was killed on active service in July 1941. Always enthusiastic about flying and an expert maker of model aeroplanes, he joined the R.A.F. after a short apprenticeship in Engineering. He will be remembered by his friends for his unfailing cheerfulness on all occasions.'


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