William Ralph Cochenour


Jan 18, 1898         Born at Toronto Ontario 

He lied about his age on Attestation when sworn into the CEF.  His birth registration is below showing the correct date.



Dec 28, 1915

Attested into the 101st Battalion CEF at Winnipeg Manitoba 

Ø      Number 700471

Ø      Next of kin given as William Edison Cochenour (father) of Nicola British Columbia

Ø      Previous occupation given as Expressman

Ø      His current address was given as the Wolseley Hotel, Winnipeg Manitoba

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Machine Gun Section


Jun 28, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jul 13, 1916

The entire 101st Battalion was absorbed into the 17th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling Camp.  The 101st Battalion ceased to exist at this time.


Dec 13, 1916

TOS the 32nd Reserve Battalion


Jan 4, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion and posted to the Signals Base at West Sandling Camp


Mar 6, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1917

Left CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion for an introduction to trench life


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the Field


Apr 4, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Billets training for the attack at Vimy Ridge.


May 9, 1917          Killed In Action


He was initially buried in the Vimy Sector, near Fresnoy


Above from the 21st Battalion Part II Orders


May 23, 1918       


When the Department of Graves Registration were attempting to consolidate the cemeteries, his body could not be located.  This would most likely have been caused by the constant artillery barrages that took place which destroyed many of the existing cemeteries.  As a result of his body not being located, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial.  As snap of his name on that memorial is below.



Feb 24, 1921

Beginning on this date, and on subsequent dates, the following were sent to his family at Merritt British Columbia: 

To William E Cochenour (father)  

Plaque and Scroll 

To Matilda Cochenour (mother) 

Memorial Cross 


Jan 25, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to his father at Merritt British Columbia


Below is a photo of the 101st Battalion Machine Gun Section.  This would have been taken prior to their departure for England.  Pte Cochenour is 3rd from the right in the second row from the bottom.   (click to enlarge)

Pte WR Cochenour

Thank you to Jim Busby for assisting with the research for this soldier.


Above is the War Memorial at Merritt British Columbia with thanks to Marika Pirie

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