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Cockle, William Charles (5992)

Place of Birth: Port Melbourne, VIC

Age: 34 years 11 months

Enlistment Details: Saturday, 26 February 1916 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 5992            view online service record

2 Clay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Alice Frances Cockle (wife)
2 Clay Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Friday, 28 July 1916
Ship: HMAT Themistocles A32
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion – 19th Reinforcements

DOW: Friday, 1 June 1917
Place: France

Brother: Sydney Phillip Cockle (22097)

Private, 39 Infantry, died of wounds, 1 June, 1917, France, aged 36, commemorated Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France.

Parents: John William (late) and Catherine COCKLE, wife: Alice Francis COCKLE, born Port Melbourne, educated Graham Street SS, 2 Clay Street. A 35-year-old painter, he enlisted with his wife at 2 Clay Street, children Thelma, Iris and Alan, a Death Notice, Port Melbourne Standard, 11 August, 1917 has the family at 186 Nott Street. Circular returned from 19 Johnston Street and revealed his late father was a Captain and Drill Instructor with the Australian Naval Reserve.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


1917 ‘Family Notices’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 11 August, p. 2. , viewed 04 Aug 2017,


1918 ‘”THE MEMORY OF HIM WILL ALWAYS REMAIN.”‘, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 2 March, p. 4. , viewed 07 Feb 2018,


1918 ‘Family Notices’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 1 June, p. 2. , viewed 17 Apr 2018,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted August 17, 2016 10.50 am 0Likes

    A younger brother, Sydney Philip COCKLE, born Port Melbourne, enlisted 18 February, 1916 as a 25-year-old labourer,) mother Catherine at 2 Clay Street, Port Melbourne; discharged 27 October, 1916 as medically unfit (rheumatism). At the time of his birth, their father John William’s address was shown at the Drill Rooms, Fishermen’s Bend

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 12, 2017 5.45 pm 0Likes

    “Hit and wounded at Ploegstreet about 1 mile behind the lines in explosion of Stoken Mortar Dump at Hyde Park Corner. I saw him after he was hit in the hand and taken to the Dressing station. Did not think he was so badly hit at the time, but he died three days later. He was batman to Lieut. Le Ferre, came over from Australia with me”. (Corporal Albert Ward S, Harefield) (Cockle died from a fractured skull in the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station on the day of admission)

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