Edward Samuel Cochrane

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 13, 1896

Born in Cleveland, Ohio to John Fenwick and Katherine Lena (nee Pauli) Cochrane


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59174 (temporary number 287)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. JF Cochrane, mother, Grafton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec

May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent for training.


Jun 11, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital diagnosed with Pneumonia


Jul 14, 1915

Transferred to the Monks Horton Convalescent Home to continue his recovery


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company from “B” Company


Sep 4, 1915

Discharged to duty from the convalescent home.


Sep 9, 1915

Posted to “B” Company from the Depot Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer.


Oct 2, 1915

Sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent from parade


Apr 7, 1916

Admitted to No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a shrapnel wound to his right knee.  After receiving first aid, he was transferred to the No. 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Apr 8, 1916

Transferred to the No. 18 General Hospital, Camiers


Apr 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Canadian Convalescent Depot, Etaples, for rehabilitation


May 4, 1916

Discharged to the No. 3 General Base Depot




May 6, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


May 26, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace 60109, L/Cpl Wilson who had been promoted.


Jun 21, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA with a shrapnel wound to his right hand.  After receiving first aid, he was transferred to the No 4 CFA for recovery.


Jun 24, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 2, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s attack on a sugar refinery at Courcelette, L/Cpl Cochrane was killed in the heavy fighting.  He was buried in a field near the refinery, but when the war ended, the Graves Registration Commission could not locate his remains and he is honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those with no known grave.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, JF Cochrane, The Cedars, Grafton, Ontario.

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs JF Cochrane, at the same address.


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