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Robert Allan Cochrane (Ch) 237406, Petty Officer

Robert was born on 28th November 1890 at 39 Cottage Row, Southwark, London to parents Robert Allan and Sarah Ann, their second child and baptised on 16th December 1890, along with his older sister Christina, at Lady Margaret Church, Walworth, Southwark.

On the 1901 census the family were living at 13 Madron Street, Southwark with several of their neighbours working as Police Constables. Robert Jnr was aged ten and it is assumed he attended school.

He previously worked as a rivet boy before joining the Navy and was recorded as 5'8" tall with dark brown hair, hazel eyes and several tattoos; "I.L.E" on his right forearm, with an anchor, bee and snake and a dancing girl, butterfly and a dot on his left forearm.

His service list follows:

HMS GANGES - 12/09/1906 - 14/05/1907, training as a Boy 2nd Class, rising to Boy 1st Class on 27/04/1907

HMS HOGUE - 15/05/1907 - 06/09/1907

HMS PEMBROKE - 07/09/1907 - 09/10/1907

HMS TRIUMPH - 10/10/1907 - 05/10/1908

HMS PEMBROKE I - 06/10/1908 - 28/10/1908

HMS CHARYBDIS - 29/10/1908 - 06/11/1908

HMS BLACK PRINCE - 07/11/1908 - 04/04/1910, rising to Ordinary Seaman on 28/11/1908

HMS PEMBROKE - 05/04/1910 - 14/04/1910

HMS ENDYMION - 15/04/1910 - 12/04/1911, rising in rating to Able Seaman on 03/08/1910

HMS PEMBROKE I - 13/04/1911 - 01/05/1911, recorded on the 1911 census at home on leave with his parents and siblings at 67 St Philips Street, Battersea.

67 St Philips Street, Battersea - Google Street Maps

HMS HUSSAR - 02/05/1911 - 24/06/1913

HMS PEMBROKE I - 25/06/1913 - 28/01/1914, rising to Leading Seaman on 01/08/1913

HMS TYNE - 29/01/1914 - 06/03/1914

HMS PEMBROKE I - 07/03/1914 - 30/03/1914

HMS VANGUARD - 31/03/1914 - 09/07/1917, rising in rank to Petty Officer on 01/07/1915

He served aboard the ship during the Battle of Jutland, his character described as very good for the whole of his duty. Robert or "Bobby" was very close to his cousin Emma; when she died she requested that one of his naval collars be buried with her.

Following Robert’s death his Star, Victory and British war medals were issued to his father, his mother was awarded his pension. As his body was never recovered he is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

Robert with his family

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England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915 Free BMD

London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 London Metropolitan Archives; London, England; Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906/Church of England Parish Registers, 1754-1906; Reference Number: P92/LDM/001

1901 & 1911 England Census

Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services; Class: ADM 188; Piece: 421

British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Admiralty: Naval Casualties, Indexes, War Grave Rolls and Statistics Book, First World War.; Class: ADM 242; Piece: 007 (1914 - 1919)

CWGC Register

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 TNA Series: ADM 242/7; Scan Number: 0802

Naval Medal and Award Rolls, 1793-1972 Class: ADM 171; Piece: 98

World War I Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923 Western Front Association; London, England; WWI Pension Record Cards and Ledgers; Reference: 017/0088/COB-COG

Photos courtesy of Chris W - Ancestry & Carol Suddes

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