Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Morse Cooper originally joined the 1st Foot, the Royal Scots, as a Volunteer from the Royal Military College in 1814. Although engaged at the investment of Bayonne in the same year, where he appears to have been wounded, he did not qualify for a Military General Service Medal. Back in action as an Ensign with the Royals at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, he received no less than five wounds on the latter occasion. Advanced to Lieutenant in early 1817, and following one or two exchanges and periods of being on Half-Pay, Cooper gained an appointment in the 11th Light Dragoons in early 1819, and with them distinguished himself in the Bhurtpoor operations of 1825-26, when he volunteered for the Dismounted Cavalry Storming Party. Placed on the Unattached List as a Major in 1840, he gained further advancement to Lieutenant-Colonel in late 1851 and to Colonel in late 1854. Cooper was for many years a J.P. for Berkshire and died in Paris in March 1862.