Airborne Engineers Association

Donald Cooper OBE

 

 

Donald Cooper OBE

 

Donald died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 18 October 2000. He had been battling against incurable illness for some time. He led a full and rewarding life as a soldier, businessman, sportsman and writer. Donald joined the Royal Engineers in May 1939. In December of the same year he found himself on the German/Belgium border with his unit fighting in the infantry role. During an attack across open ground he was hit in the ankle, which required evacuation back to the UK via Dunkirk. After recovering from his wound he joined the Airborne Division on its formation in 1941 and as he said, "I put the lights out in 1946 on its disbandment". At that time he was Chief Clerk at HQRE. He had served in every theatre of war that involved the Division including Arnhem and Norway.

The friends he made during the war will sadly miss Donald and also those in the AEA who had come to know him in later years.

 

 

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