WGS 1943-1945


 I was an evacuee to Rushden from London but my mother came down and bought a bungalow in Wollaston Rd. Irchester and I went to Irchester Junior School. I still have my Grammar School Form Prize of a book from Form IIIb in June '46.  I was (then) Richard Arthur Cooper .


Date of Birth



genealogical research, tenor concerts, painting


Father:   Adolphus Richard Cooper, joined French Foreign  Legion at age of 15 (first Legionnaire to win Croix   de Guerre), served in  French, Italian and British  Armies, served in World War II as Capt SOE (pow,  escaped), Sr Civil Servant with Brit Continental   Telephone Exchange, lectr and broadcaster, author of  "The Man who Liked Hell, Adventures of a Secret  Agent, Born to Fight, March or Bust", and other  works (Special Forces Club),b 28 Feb 1899, educ  Salesian Coll. Istanbul, Monkhams Coll. Lond, and  Xaverian Coll. Brighton, m 1931, Doris Wallen, and  has issue,

6/1 Richard Arthur AUSTIN-COOPER      6/2. Patricia Anne Cooper, b 11 April 1938, m John James Hews, and has issue,


Debretts Summary:

Richard AUSTIN-COOPER's Professional Career


served RA 1950-52 and TAVR in the RA, Intelligence Corps, 21 SAS Regt (Artists' Rifles), Essex ACF 1952-69 and the Hon Artillery Co 1978-79 (cmmnd 2 Lt TAVR 1968), OC ACF Canvey Island; with Barclays Bank 1948-60; head cashier: Bank of Baroda 1960-63, Lloyd's Bank 1963-69; dep head Stocks & Shares Dept Banque de Paris et des Pays Bas 1969-74, asst mangr Banking Div Brook St Bureau of Mayfair Ltd 1974-75, chief custodian and London registrar Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and registrar in London for Angostura Bitters Ltd 1975-78, personnel offr Deutsche Bank AG London Branch 1978-85, sr mangr and head of HR Deutsche Bank Capital Markets Ltd 1985-90, ptnr Charsby Associates recruitment conslts London 1989-91, ret; memb London Banks Personnel Mgmnt Gp 1989-90; fndr fell Inst of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies; memb Ct of Common Cncl City of London for Cripplegate Ward 1978-81; memb Bd of Mgmnt: Barbican YMCA, City of London Central Markets (Leadenhall Market, Billingsgate Market); memb: City of London TAVR Assoc, Coal Corn and Rates Ctee, Mgmnt Ctee Barbican Sch of Music and Drama (and mature student (tenor)), Irish Peers Assoc 1964-; govr: City of London Sch for Girls 1979-80, Lansbury Adult Educn Inst 1979-82, City of London Freemen's Sch 1980-81; life govr Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund at the Old Bailey 1979-; represented the City of London Corp on the Gtr London Arts Cncl 1979-80, final tstee City of London Imperial Vols 1980-81; parish cncllr Wansford 1989-90; chm: Stamford Arthritis Care 1994-95, Eastbourne Branch Br Cardiac Patients Assoc 2003-07; vice-chm and tstee Friends of Eastbourne Hosps 2003-07, hosp visitor Royal Br Legion Eastbourne 2007-; pres Royal Artillery Assoc Eastbourne 2006-; govr American Coll in Oxford 1965-68; prizes for: athletics (including winning Barclays Bank Cross-Country Championships), operatic singing (tenor); Freeman City of London 1964; Hon LLD, Hon MA (USA); FHG 1965, FRSA 1974, FRSAIre 1980, FCIB 1987

Richard AUSTIN-COOPER's Publications

Books and Publications

Butterhill and Beyond (1991), The Beavers of Barnack (1995), The de Gidlow Family of Ince (1996), The Peisley Family of Clifton Hampden, Oxon (1996)



Richard Arthur AUSTIN-COOPER, hon LLD (American Coll. of Pol Sc, Lond), FRSA, FRSAI, FSA (Scot),  late RA Intell Corps, SAS, commn'd, Essex Yeo

TA) 1968, Dep Head Banking Div Brook Street     Bureau of Mayfair Ltd, formerly Head Stocks &     Shares Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas, Lond,  Vice-Rector American Coll. of Pol Sc, Lond, Freeman City of London, personal rep in Lond of     Prince  William of Grau Moctezuma III (pretender to throne of Mexico), Dir of antique business,  regd genealogist, mem Guild of Freemen, lcctr,     KSG, OCE, Chev Irish Chapter of Order of Crown of     Thorns of Louis of France,

Assumed addl surname of AUSTIN by Deed Poll 1963 (Shetlocks Farm,     Matching Tye, Harlow, Essex; Special Forces    Club), b 21 Feb 1932, educ Wellingborough and Tottenham Grm Schs, m lst 28 March 1953 (m diss     by div 1963), Anne Shirley Berringer. He m 2ndly 28 Sept 1963, Valerie Georgina, dau of Henry     Drage, of Tottenham, London, and by her has iss:      

7/1. Matthew Richard b 10 May 1969.    7/3. Samantha Jane, b 2 Jan 1967.       Source:


President of the The Royal Artillery

Published Date: 03 December 2007


He went on to give an outline of some of his family's connections with the Royal Regiment which included his uncle, Lt Col Tony Cooper, his father Captain 'Dick' Cooper, Croix de Guerre SOE, who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in WWI, and his own service in both the Royal Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company (inter alia).


Beavers of Barnack [Illustrated] (Paperback) by Richard Austin-Cooper (Author)    Price: 16.00



London Gazette 22/7/1969




2nd Lt. J. C. SINCLAIR (483102) (on probation) is confirmed as 2nd Lt., 26th Oct. 1966. To be Lt., 25th May 1969, with seniority 25th May 1967.

2nd Lt. R. A. AUSTIN-COOPER (486489) (on probation),resigns his commn., 31st May 1969.