26 September 2009

246610 Captain Joseph Cochrane, Royal Engineers

246610 Captain Joseph Cochrane of the Royal Engineers, died on the 26th September 1945. He was 43 years old and was, says the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), the son of Walter and Esther Cochrane and the husband of H M (Wyn) Cochrane, of Bromley, Kent.

The UK Army Roll of Honour for 1939-45 records that Joseph was born in Staffordshire but living in Kent when he enlisted. He died in India and is buried in the Madras War Cemetery in what is today, Chennai.

The CWGC has this to say about the cemetery:

"MADRAS WAR CEMETERY was created to receive Second World War graves from many civil and cantonment cemeteries in the south and east of India where their permanent maintenance could not be assured. The cemetery contains 856 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. The MADRAS 1914-1918 MEMORIAL is situated at the rear of the cemetery. It bears the names of more than 1,000 servicemen who died during the First World War who lie in many civil and cantonment cemeteries in various parts of India where it is not possible to maintain their graves in perpetuity."

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


Ancestry.co.uk (1939-1945 Roll of Honour)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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