Plaque: Captain J. O. Cooper
In proud memory of Captain J. O. Cooper, Royal Flying Corps, Killed in the Great War, aged 20.
Time would have brought him in her patient ways -
So his young life spoke - to prosperous days,
To fullness of authority and praise.
He would not wait so long. A boy, he spent
his boy's dear life for England. Be content,
No honour of age had been more excellent.
The poem is part of ‘Riddles’, R.F.C. by John Drinkwater, 1918.
Site: Serpentine Lido (2 memorials)
W2, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lido
The Lido Pavilion was built in 1930 to provide mixed bathing and sunbathing facilities. As the First Commissioner of Works, in the Depression, Lansbury was keen to improve recreational facilities and appealed for funds. Mr D'Arcy Cooper responded with £5,000 and the Pavilion was built in memory of his son.