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"Cooper arrived with two other drivers in Belfast on 10 March 1921 on special duty from Gormanston Camp to take up duty as drivers and bring vehicles back to their depot. At 8.30pm on 11 March 1921 they were walking in Victoria Square, a few paces from Church Lane, when they were attacked by four or five men. Two of the Constables were killed outright, with Constable Cooper dying from his wounds in the Royal Victoria Hospital on 13 March 1921."
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Those trees on Ancestry that jdoyle found will save you a lot of time. Have a look at this tree which is well researched - click for Ancestry tree - the tree owner is a grandchild of the son of Walter's marriage to Mildred
I see where part of the problem on his death has come from. The Irish GRO death is for a William Henry Cooper born circa 1889 (vol1. p223. The British authorities tended to be a bit slapdash in registering deaths. This must have been perpetuated in local news reports, as I found the below in a web book about the McMahon murders. Remember that this is not an official report, but someone's writing about it.
But the account would be accurate of the murder.
And again jdoyle's finding of those photos would be useful to you. The comparison he quotes is below
You really want to contact those relations that jdoyle has found for you - there may well be more that they can tell you. The only caveat I have is that the tree owner has put is "Almost certain this is my Grandfather due to name match on Dads Birth Cert". I would agree with that, and think that if you tie together the info from birth, marriage and death certs, plus the 2 children, you should be 100% certain.
Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:53 pm