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The marble memorial tablet dedicated to the memory of Private Wellington Cooper was unveiled by the Lord Bishop of Grafton in the South West Rocks Anglican Church on Tuesday 5 November 1918. A single farmer of Jerseyville, Macleay River, Cooper enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 22 September 1916, aged 27 years. His unit, the 33rd Battalion, embarked from Sydney on board SS Port Napier on 17 November 1916. He was killed in action on 12 October 1917 at Passchendaele, Ypres in Belgium.
During renovations in the 1960s, the tablet was removed and sent to the tip. It was recovered and given to the Cooper family who donated it to the Kempsey Museum.
To the glory of God & In Loving Memory
Pte WELLINGTON COOPER
No. 2541 33rd BATT. A.I.F.
Who Gave His Life For King And Empire At The
Battle Of Passchendaele October 12th 1917
Aged 27 Years
Greater Love Hath No Man Than This That A Man
Lay Down His Life For His Friends. John XV 13.
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