Thomas Hill Cochrane

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 13, 1891

Born at Craigs Ireland to John Henry and Margaret (nee Taylor) Cochrane


Apr 17, 1910

Embarked the SS Sicilian at Moville, Ireland


Apr 27, 1910

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Dec 12, 1912

Married to Bertha McDonald at Bowmanville Ontario 

On the application for the Marriage Permit, he stated his religion to be Methodist, and his occupation as a Factory Hand.


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59175 (temporary number 738)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Bertha Cochrane, wife, of Bowmanville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Rubber Worker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

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


Jun 25, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay


Jul 21, 1915

Admitted to the St Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jul 23, 1915

Transferred to the Lichfield General Hospital


Aug 18, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 11, 1915

While attempting to retrieve a wounded soldier who was in the open at the “O” and “P” trenches, L/Cpl Cochrane was severely wounded in the chest by a bullet from a German Sniper, and evacuated to the No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance), where he died from his wounds that same day. 

The Battalion’s War Diary reports 1 killed and 2 wounded.  The other soldier who died on that evening was Pte Irwin Wilkie, 60062, an original member of the Battalion, who was also making an attempt to save the same wounded man. 

Ridge Wood Cemetery
Voormezeele Belgium

Members of his Company erected a wooden cross on his grave that was inscribed, “He died trying to save a comrade.” 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs Bertha Sederquist, at Oshawa Ontario.  (She had remarried by the time the medals were sent out) 

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