Cooper, William Collection
William Boyd Cooper was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1878. Around 1911, he was appointed Professor of Commerce at Peking University, where he lectured in English and French. Cooper joined the North China British Volunteer Corps, and was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Chinese Labour Corps (CLC) on 12th February 1917. He served in France with the CLC. He rose to be a captain, then relinquished his Commission in 1919. William Cooper and his family returned from China and settled in Wimbledon, London. The William Cooper Collection is held in Special Collections, University of Bristol Library (Special Collections ref DM2823). 336 images. HPC refs: WC-s, WC01 and WC02.