Friday, 8 March 2013

Private Edward George John Cochren

Born on 25 November 1893 in London, Ontario - brother of Mrs. Hellen Player, London, Ontario - enlistment records provide the following: present address same as sister, trade as book, single, no current or previous military service, Roman Catholic, height of 5 feet 8 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 5 November 1915 (number 189035) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - killed in action on 23 October 1916 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte. Cochren's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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