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.
Our Union Standard at the Wet Dip over the Grave of Henry Cooper
The Chairman planting a Cross on the Grave