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Huon Frederick Cochrane

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Huon Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Cochrane AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 436511 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 March 1922 AWMM New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Pre 1943 AWMM Rawene AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mrs. C. Cochrane, Rawene (m) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1943 AWMM Single/WWII AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Military Medal (MM) AWMM
    10 May 1945 AWMM
    'On 18 October 1944 during the advance to the SCOLA RIGOSSO, Italy, the immediate objective of the platoon in which Lance Corporal Cochrane was a section leader was an enemy-occupied building. While advancing under heavy enemy mortar and shell fire, as well as small-arms fire from the building, the platoon came under intense machine-gun fire from an enemy post on the flank. The Platoon Commander was killed and some confusion caused. On his own initiative and regardless of his personal safety Lance Corporal Cochrane immediately attacked the machine-gun post, killing two of the enemy and taking a third prisoner. He then rallied the men of the platoon and led them in the assault on the building, inflicting casualties on the enemy and taking 17 prisoners. His coolness, initiative and personal courage were an inspiration to the platoon and were largely responsible for the success of the attack and the light casualties suffered.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Cochrane, Hugh Fredrick. (Ref. WO 373/11/620). Military Medal. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 April 1998 21Bn Assoc. Inc. Records. MS-2008-42.
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
    • 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy.' (London Gazette, 10 May 1945, p.2455.). Military Medal.
      http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/37072/supplements/2455
      Further Reference
    • 'On 18 October 1944 during the advance to the SCOLA RIGOSSO, Italy, the immediate objective of the platoon in which Lance Corporal Cochrane was a section leader was an enemy-occupied building. While advancing under heavy enemy mortar and shell fire, as well as small-arms fire from the building, the platoon came under intense machine-gun fire from an enemy post on the flank. The Platoon Commander was killed and some confusion caused. On his own initiative and regardless of his personal safety Lance Corporal Cochrane immediately attacked the machine-gun post, killing two of the enemy and taking a third prisoner. He then rallied the men of the platoon and led them in the assault on the building, inflicting casualties on the enemy and taking 17 prisoners. His coolness, initiative and personal courage were an inspiration to the platoon and were largely responsible for the success of the attack and the light casualties suffered.'. (Source: The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Cochrane, Hugh Fredrick. (Ref. WO 373/11/620). Military Medal.
      http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D7353910
      Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.39 AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM

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