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After the successful and wet wet Services at Penny Cross and Maker Church, the Crew returned to Antony Church where the final Service was held at the Graveside of Henry Cooper VC RN.

Henry Cooper VC RN WAS born in Plymouth in 1825 and died 15 July 1893 in Torpoint.  He was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was about 30 years old, and a Boatswain in the Royal Navy during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 3 June 1855 at Taganrog, Sea of Azov, Crimea, Boatswain Cooper of HMS Miranda together with a lieutenant (Cecil William Buckley) landed while the town was actually under bombardment by the Allied Squadron. It was garrisoned by 3,000 Russian troops, but the two men landed at several places and set fire to government buildings and destroyed enemy equipment and arms. They were under fire themselves for most of the time.

His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.

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Our Union Standard at the Wet Dip over the Grave of Henry Cooper VC RN

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The Chairman planting a Cross on the Grave

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