Henry Cooper (VC)
HMS Miranda (left) during the Regatta of January, 1862 ("the race of the Maori war canoes")
|Died||15 July 1893 (aged 67–68)
|Buried at||Antony Churchyard, Langdon Cross|
Henry Cooper VC (1825 – 15 July 1893) 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.
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.
- Location of grave and VC medal (Cornwall)