George Charles Cocke


Jun 29, 1878

Born at Bishops Stortford, England

 Spelled Stortfield on the Attestation Papers


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario

Ø  Number 59177 (temporary number 23, although that was changed to 33 on the April 1915 Paylist)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs Elizabeth Cocke (wife) of 261 King St., Kingston Ontario

o   Later changed to 10 Nursery Rd., Bishops Stortford Huts, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø  Previous military experience given as 12 years in the Imperial Army, the Highland Light Infantry

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “A” Company


Nov 13, 1914

Promoted to rank of Sergeant


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Sgt


Sep 6, 1915

AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 7, 1915

Returned from being AWL and forfeits 2 days pay


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jan 20, 1916

Held in custody awaiting trial by Field General Courts Martial for “While on Active Service, Neglect to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline and Drunkeness”.


Jan 29, 1916

Found guilty at Court Martial and sentenced to be reduced to the rank of Private.


Apr 8, 1916

Promoted to rank of Corporal


May 1, 1916

Granted leave until May 10, 1916


May 10, 1916

At duty from leave


Jul 3, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt T Scott 59868, who was himself promoted to rank of Sgt


Sep 17, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt Burtt 59121, who proceeded to England


Jan 1, 1917

Proceeded on Cooking Course


Feb 3, 1917

Returned to duty from course


Sep 14, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 25, 1917

Returned to duty from leave


Jul 12, 1918

Awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre by the King of Belgium, London Gazette #30792


Oct 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 6, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre



Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked at Southampton England and proceeded to the Witley Camp


Apr 9, 1919

TOS (Taken On Strength) “P” Wing at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


Apr 24, 1919

SOS (Struck Off Strength) “P” Wing on proceeding to London pending discharge from the CEF in England

Discharged from the CEF at the #2 CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at London.

 Ø  Proposed residence on discharge – 10 Nursery Rd., Bishops Stortford Huts, England



British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 1 New St., Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire England, the date is not in the file.





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