Sapper James Cooper 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers.
Medal Index Card confirms that James Cooper served initially as:
16407 Private Cameron Highlanders
79353 Royal Engineers
610325 Royal Engineers
Also entitled to World War One Medal Trio with 1915 Star.
He entered France 26th May 1915.
He was gazetted in the London Gazette Number 29701 page 7886. Third Supplement dated Thursday 10th August 1916.
177th Tunnelling Company
Formed at Terdeghem in June 1915, and moved into a wide area facing Wytschaete. Relieved there in November 1915, and moved to Railway Wood, where it remained for 2 years. March 1918 saw the Company working on construction of the Fifth Army’s ‘Green Line’ near Templeux, when the enemy attack struck. After this the Company was engaged in Somme bridge demolition, and other defensive activities. (ack. 1914-1918.net)
177 was part of:
3rd Army Troops RE. Third Army formed 13 Jul 1915 in France.