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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- Evelyn Walter Cooley -

Unknown person Name : Evelyn Walter Cooley

Son of : George Cooley and Vashti Cooley (née Wearn[e]), of Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight.

Born : 1887, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight.
  Census information :

1891 : George and Vashti Cooley, with their children including Evelyn, aged 3, are at the Warders' Quarters, Parkhurst Convict Prison, Isle of Wight. George Cooley is a Warder at the Prison.

1901 : Vashti Cooley, Widow, with two of her children including Evelyn, aged 13, are at 2 Creache Cottages, Northwood, Isle of Wight.

1911 : Vashti Cooley, Widow, with two of her children including Evelyn, aged 23, are at Horsebridge Hill, Parkhurst, Newport, Isle of Wight. Evelyn Cooley is a Carpenter.

  Service Details :

Lce-Cpl 23035 Evelyn Walter Cooley, 1st Bn., Hampshire Regiment.

It appears that Evelyn Cooley enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment, and later transferred to the Hampshire Regiment.
Casualty Details :

Died : 23 August 1916, aged 29.

Buried at : Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Carisbrooke Castle County War Memorial Panel 03
Gurnard All Saints Church War Memorial WW I
Gurnard Methodist Church War Memorial WW I
Marks Corner Methodist Church War Memorial WW I
Northwood St John's Church Parish War Memorial WW I
Parkhurst Camp Hill Prison Officers Roll of Honour
Parkhurst Camp Hill Prison Officers War Memorial
Parkhurst Camp Hill Prison Service Roll of Honour WW I casualties

His original grave marker from Cambrin Churchyard Extension is displayed at St Wilfred's Church in Portsmouth.

He is also commemorated at St Cuthbert's Church in Portsmouth.
  Photo Gallery :

St Wilfred's Church in Portsmouth. The upside down top plate reads Q19, the grave location in Cambrin Churchyard
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  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

Isle of Wight County Press, 2 September 1916

Also mentioned are :

2nd-Lieut. S J Knott - See biography for Sydney James Knott

Sergt. Wales - See CWGC record for Cecil Hastings Wales
  Family information :

On the CWGC Headstone schedules for Evelyn Cooley's grave marker, the name and address is given as Mrs V.L. Burridge, 39 Kimboldon Road (sic), Copnor, Portsmouth, who is his sister, Vashti Louisa, who married Edward Burridge in 1896.

His brother, Edgar John Cooley (b. 18 Apr 1884) served in the Royal Navy as an Officers' Steward from 1911 to 1915.
  Acknowledgments :

Keith Roberts for the images of his original grave marker
  Page status :
Page last updated : 20 March 2015 (added to website)


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