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Which one is the brother of L/Cpl T Cocking?


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12383 L/Cpl T Cocking 6th OBLI died on 20th September 1917 and his CWGC entry states his brother, William, also fell. I only have the name of their mother, Fanny. TIA

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Not the first one:

Emma Elizabeth

beloved wife of Henry COCKING

Augst. 6th. 1895. Aged 36 Years

Also of Pte. William COCKING,

?d Batt. Lincolnshire Regt. who died

[a] Prisoner of War on the 5th Oct. 1915,

from Wounds received in action at the

Battle of Loos. Aged 22 years

Also of the above named

Henry COCKING,

who passed away on the 6th Dec. 1916,

Aged 60 Years.

http://www.wishful-thinking.org.uk/genuki/DBY/NewBrampton/MIs.html

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The SDGW entry for William Cocking, Pnr, 193119, R.E. states that he was born and enlisted in Birmingham and formerly served as Pte 6448, King's Shropshire Light Infantry. He was serving in the H.Q. Special Coys, R.E. when he was killed.

The Birmingham connection suggests that he might have been the brother.

COCKING

Initials: T

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment/Service: Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

Unit Text: 6th Bn.

Date of Death: 20/09/1917

Service No: 12383

Additional information: Son of Mrs. Fanny Cocking, of 7, College Terrace, College St., Spring Hill, Birmingham. Of Smethwick. His brother William also fell.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: VIII. D. 14.

Cemetery: CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY

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Here he is;

Cemetery:RUE-PETILLON MILITARY CEMETERY, F

Casualty Details

Name:COCKING

Initials:W

Nationality:United Kingdom

Rank:Private

Regiment/Service:Lincolnshire Regiment

Unit Text:2nd Bn.

Date of Death:05/10/1915

Service No:13272

Casualty Type:Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference:I. G. 30.

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I'm a little confused now. Ken says it's not the 1st one and HG says it is. HW thinks it might be the 2nd one. What to do?

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I'm a little confused now. Ken says it's not the 1st one and HG says it is. HW thinks it might be the 2nd one. What to do?

Doh! Sorry. I misread Ken's post, most pertinently the word 'not'.....

Someone with SDGW could put us out of our misery....

Edit; SDGW entries for all of them, that is.....

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I suspect this is the family in the 1911 census....

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Based on that I'd favour these two......

Name: Thomas COCKING

Rank: L/CPL

Initials: T

Birthplace: Ladywood, Warwicks

Residence:

Enlisted: Smethwick, Staffs

Regiment, Corps etc.: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Battalion etc.: 6th Battalion.

Number: 12383

Date died: 20 September 1917

How died: Killed in action

Theatre of war: France & Flanders

Name: William COCKING

Rank: PIONEER

Initials: W

Birthplace: Birmingham

Residence:

Enlisted: Birmingham

Regiment, Corps etc.: Corps of Royal Engineers

Battalion etc.:

Number: 193119

Date died: 5 November 1916

How died: Killed in action

Theatre of war: France & Flanders

Supplementary Notes: FORMERLY 6448, SHROPS. L.I. (H.Q. SPEC. COYS., R.E.).

Regards

Steve

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Thanks Steve. I was rather hoping to see that Thomas was born in Smethwick as listed on CWGC. I find it strange that one son has additional information and the other doesn't

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