Tributes paid to Old Harlow resident General Sir George Cooper

History / Tue 28th Jan 2020 am31 10:22am

OLD HARLOW resident, General Sir George Cooper, GCB, MC, DL has died aged 95.

Sir George Leslie Conroy Cooper, GCB, MC, DL was a senior British Army officer who served as Adjutant-General to the Forces from 1981 to 1984.

Educated at Downside School and Trinity College, Cambridge, George Cooper was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1945.

He joined the Bengal Sappers & Miners.He served in the Korean War and was awarded the Military Cross for his service in that campaign.

Sir George Cooper became Commander Royal Engineers in the 4th Infantry Division in 1966. He went on to become Commander, 19th Airportable Brigade in 1969, General Officer Commanding South West District in 1974 and Director of Army Staff Duties in 1976.

After that he became General Officer Commanding South East District in 1979. He became Adjutant General in 1981, before retiring in 1984.

Sir George Cooper was appointed ADC General to the Queen in 1982, retaining that status until 1984.

He was also appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1979, and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in 1984.

In retirement, he became a member of the Board of Management of GEC UK. He also became a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex,and released the book Fight, Dig and Live about the part the Royal Engineers played in the Korean War.

He died on 6 January 2020.

Deputy leader of the Harlow Conservatives and Old Harlow councillor, Joel Charles paid his own tribute.

Cllr Charles said: “It was a privilege to know General Sir George Cooper who was an influential figure in Old Harlow. During his successful army career, he was awarded the Military Cross for his courage and leadership in the Korean War. He was a principled man who put country first.

“Sir George was passionate about preserving the special character of Old Harlow and was an active member of the community. He always kept informed about local issues and provided very welcomed support on a range of matters.

“I was very sad to learn that Sir George passed away earlier this month. My thoughts are with Lady Cooper and the wider family.”

Harlow MP Robert added also paid a personal tribute. He said: “Sir George was a man who put service above self.

He served our country for many years and was a strong supporter of the Conservatives. He was one of the greats of Harlow.

“I wish all his family the best of heart at this tragic time”.

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