Far from the Front

West Calder and the Great War

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D Cooper

West Calder Soldier Killed


"Information was received at West Calder yesterday that Pte David Cooper, son of Mrs Cooper, Mossend, West Calder, had died from heart failure in France. It appears he had just come out of the trenches, after a period of service, and expired shortly after. Sympathy will be felt for Mr and Mrs Cooper in their sad bereavement. The father is at present serving in France."


Midlothian Advertiser, November 26, 1915


In Memory of


Lance Corporal


2nd Bn., Seaforth Highlanders

who died on

Saturday, 20th November 1915.


Additional Information:  Son of Mr. W. Cooper, of 18, East St., Mossend, Lanarkshire.


Commemorative Information



Grave Reference/Panel Number:  B. 23.


Location:  Mailly-Maillet is a village about 9 kilometres north of Albert.


Historical Information:  Mailly-Maillet was comparatively a quiet place until the British retreat at the end of March, 1918. It remained in British hands, but it was severely shelled and the catacombs under the village were prepared for use by the troops. Mailly-Maillet was later "adopted" by the City of Winchester. The Extension was begun by French units (mainly Engineers) in June, 1915. It was taken over by the British forces in August, 1915, and used by Field Ambulances and fighting units until December, 1916, and again in March-July, 1918. The 51 French graves and those of two German prisoners have now been removed to other cemeteries. There are now over 100, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The Extension covers an area is 868 square metres and is enclosed on the North and East by a curb.


CWGC website


Note : David Cooper is given the rank of Pte in the newspaper but was in fact a Lance Corporal