James Cooper (1881-1950) and Robert Cooper (1882-1971) were both recipients of bravery awards; Robert the Meritorious Service Medal and James the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal, adding to his South Africa War campaign medals.
James was living in the USA when he decided to return to England and serve. His wife and baby son followed on the ship Lusitania. Both were drowned when the ship was sunk by a German U-Boat. The memorial card below was his.
Britain used the sinking to launch a massive propaganda effort by, among other things, copying a German medal struck to mark the sinking.