COCKLE, Harry Claud

No.267078, Lance Corporal, Harry Claud COCKLE
Aged 27

2nd/1st Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
formerly 5310, Ox and Bucks Lt Infantry
Died of his Wounds on 2nd March 1917

Harry Claud COCKLE was born in Depden (3rd qtr 1889 Thingoe 4a:678) son of William and Myra COCKLE (née SMITH)

1891 census...Aged 1, he was at Hole Farm, Chevington with his father William COCKLE [53]farm labourer born Rede; his mother Myra [22] born Brighton; brother George [3] born Depden.

1901 census...Aged 11, he was at Bury Road, Chedburgh with his parents, brothers George and Frederick [9] born Chevington; sisters Lilie [5], Mabel [3] and Lucy [4 months]. The sisters all born in Chedburgh.

His father died in 1905

1911 census...Aged 21, farm labourer, he was at Rookery Yard, Chedburgh with his widowed mother; brothers Frederick {farm labourer}, Herbert [7], William [3] and Albert [7 months]; sisters Mabel, Lucy and Melinda [5]. The new siblings all born in Chedburgh

He married Daisy Mahala LOMAX [11-8-1892] in 3rd qtr 1915, their son Frederick Harry Claud was born 18-10-1916

On the pension card his widow was at The Rectory, Depden

His brother in law Harry James LOMAX (Suffolk Regt) died of illness in Shoreham in 1918 see here

He enlisted in Chedburgh
With no service record found and dying of his wounds, presumably at a Casualty Clearing Station in Bray, it is impossible to be specific about when and where he was wounded. The Battalion did suffer quite badly in 1st March

Harry Cockle is buried in Bray Military Cemetery, France 2:B:59

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