Cecil Cooper (bishop)

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Alfred Cecil Cooper was the fourth Bishop in Korea from 1931[1] until 1954.[2] Born in 1882[3] and educated at Bradfield College and Christ's College, Cambridge,[4] he was ordained in 1907. After a curacy at St Oswald's, West Hartlepool[5] he spent the rest of his active ministry in Korea.[6] Bishop during a turbulent period in the country’s history, the most dramatic event of his episcopate was the forced march to the very top of the country during the civil war.[7] Retiring in 1954, he died a decade later on 17 December 1964.[8]


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, Aug 01, 1931; pg. 14; Issue 45890; col E New Bishop Of Korea
  2. ^ The Times, Monday, Mar 14, 1955; pg. 8; Issue 53189; col G Resignation of the Bishop of Korea
  3. ^ Brief biography
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ Parish record
  6. ^ ”The Cross and the Rising Sun” Ion, A H: Ontario, Wilfrid Laurier University Press 1990 ISBN 0-88920-977-4
  7. ^ Bishop's Account Of Forced March Korean Internment Described (News) The Times Friday, Apr 24, 1953; pg. 2; Issue 52604; col F
  8. ^ The Rt. Rev. A. C. Cooper Former Bishop In Korea (Obituaries) The Times Friday, Dec 18, 1964; pg. 15; Issue 56198; col C.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Mark Napier Trollope
Bishop in Korea
Succeeded by
John Charles Sydney Daly