Cochrane family Loss & GriefBy Shirley Knapp
During the 1st world war Robert and Marion Cochrane were living in one of the Riverside Cottages near Lemsford Mill. Their 2nd son John, a flour mill Waggoner with Lemsford Mill was living with his wife Lucy (nee Halsey) and family on Church Hill.. Watch our slide show and click on image to enlarge
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Cochrane family Loss & Grief
During the 1st world war Robert and Marion Cochrane were living in one of the Riverside Cottages near Lemsford Mill. Their 2nd son John, a flour mill Waggoner with Lemsford Mill was living with his wife Lucy (nee Halsey) and family on Church Hill. Robert and Marion had lost their eldest son Robert in the war in South Africa in1898 so it was a further blow when their youngest son David was killed in France in 1917. James Hasley, the brother of Lucy Cochrane, was killed at Bethune, France in 1916. He was serving with the Canadian Armed Force.In 1918 came further sad news that John and Lucy’s eldest son John, who was farming in Canada, was drowned in Lake Saskatoon whilst trying to save a friend.
Robert & Marion Cochrane Lucy & John Cochrane
We regret to announce that the following have been killed in action. Lance Corporal James Halsey of the 49th Canadians, a former resident of this parish and brother of Mrs Cochrane of Church Hill.
Lemsford News September 1917
Roll of Honour: News has been received by Mr & Mrs Cochrane of the death of their son, Private D. Cochrane, of the West Kent Regiment., killed in action on July 5th. Private Cochrane formerly lived in Stanborough. Much sympathy is felt for his parents, and widow who is left with four little children. Mr & Mrs Cochrane’s eldest son died in South Africa, so this is the second they have lost in the service of their country.
Lemsford News October 1917
War Note: We regret to hear that Sergeant James Cochrane has been seriously wounded. We gather that the bullet, after passing through his elbow, entered his chest. His escape was providential, and we sincerely hope that he will soon be restored to health again. He is at present in Hospital in Sheffield.
Lemsford News January 1919.
Very sad news has reached us from Canada, that John Cochrane, who went out there some years ago, has lost his life by drowning. He could have saved himself had he not gone to the rescue of his companion. Very deep sympathy will be felt for Mr & Mrs Cochrane in this great loss. John Cochrane had done well in Canada. He had worked hard and prospered. It seems a terrible pity that he should have been taken in this manner: and yet so fine an end was probably of greater value than anything else he had done. It is one more of the many noble deaths we have to record lately.
Lord & Lady Desbrough of Panshanger House lost 2 sons in the 1st World War. A 3rd son was killed in a car accident in 1926. Above is a letter from Lucy Cochrane to Lady Desborough in 1927 which shows some of the grief and suffering of the families during those wars.
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