- Surnames starting with the letter C. 

Henry Stuart (Stuart) Cooil

Rank:2nd Lieut
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:09th Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery
Town Memorial:Hale
Extra Information:
Born during the Sepotember quarter 1889 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref:
8a/180, the son of Robert Henry & Sophia Cooil (nee Madeley).

1891 Census - Egerton Terrace, Wash Lane, Timperley.  Son - aged: 1 - born:
Timperley.   Head of household - Robert H. Cooil - Married - aged: 30 -
occ: Buyer Warehouseman - born: Isle of Man.   Also - Sophia Cooil - Wife -
aged: 38 - born: Isle of Man.   Plus  a step-son and step-daughter and 2
domestic servants. 

1901 Census -  Hale Road, Hale.   Son - aged: 11 - born: Timperley.   Head
of household - Robert H. Cooil - Married - aged: 40 - occ: Woollen & Cotton
Merchant - born: Isle of Man.   Also - Sophia Cooil - Wife - aged: 48 -
born: Isle of Man.   Plus 1 step-son, a Visitor - Katie Goldsmith aged: 31
(who Robert marries in 1904 after the death of Sophia) and 2 domestic

Attended the Wadham House School, Arthog Road, Hale.

His mother - Sophia Cooil died in 1902 - aged: 49.and his father re-married
c1904 - see 1901 Census..

1911 Census - The Limes, Hale Road, Hale.   Son - aged: 21 - occ: Salesman
& Warehouseman - born: Timperley.   Head of household - Robert H. Cooil -
Married - aged: 50 - occ: Manchester Merchant - born: Arbory, Isle of Man. 
 Also - Katie Cooil - Wife - aged: 41 - born: Douglas, Isle of Man.   Plus
2 younger half-brothers and 2 domestic servants. 

Employed at his father's firm of Messrs. Marshall & Aston, Manchester. 
Member of the Hale Cricket Club and the Lancashire County Cricket Club.

MIC - Originally enlisted as a Private in the 20th Bn. Public Schools Bn of
the Royal Fusiliers.  Drafted to France on the 12th November 1915.   
Commissioned in the KOYLI on the 17th December 1917.   Awarded the 15 Star,
the BWM & the VM.  His brother - R.A. Cooil is recorded on this document -
adderess Messrs. Marshall & Airton Ltd,  22 Dale Street, Manchester.

Dangerously wounded in August 1916 and after 12 months in hospital, he
returned to the front in August 1918.

On the 9th September 1918, the British gained the high ground commanding
the Hindenburg Line to the north of Havrincourt Wood,  two German
counter-attacks at Laffaux falled the same day.

Death reported in the 24/09/1918 edition of the Altrincham Guardian - his
parents were listed as being from Hale and "Parville", Ballabeg, Arbory,  
Parville, Bellabeg, Isle of Man - is the Cooil family home on the Isle of

Listed as H. Stuart Cooil on Hale Cenotaph.

Gouzeaucourt village was captured by the 8th Division on the night of 12-13
April 1917. It was lost on 30 November 1917 in the German counterattack at
the end of the Battle of Cambrai, and recaptured the same day by the 1st
Irish Guards. It was lost again on 22 March 1918, attacked by the 38th
(Welsh) Division on the following 18 September, and finally retaken by the
21st Division on 8 October. The cemetery was begun in November 1917, taken
over by the Germans in 1918, and used again by Commonwealth forces in
September and October 1918, but the original burials (now in Plot III) are
only 55 in number. It was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were
brough in from other cemeteries and from the battlefield of Cambrai. The
cemetery now contains 1,295 burials and commmemorations of the First World
War. 381 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to
34 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Another special
memorial records the name of a soldier buried in Gouzeaucourt Communal
Cemetery in May 1917 whose grave was destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery
was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.  Cemetery information courtesy of CWGC.

Memorials found on:
St. Peter's (Hale)
Wadham House School (Hale)
Altrincham & District Roll of Honour
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