Topic: Edwin Grandison Cochrane

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Edwin Grandison Cochrane (Service no. 6/25) was First World War soldier with connections to New Brighton.

Edwin Grandison CochraneEdwin Grandison Cochrane was born in Christchurch on 26th July, 1891 to parents Emma and David Cochrane. He was the third child born out of eight children; three boys and five girls. Edwin had a fair complexion with grey eyes and brown hair. He was 5ft 7 ½ inches tall (approx. 1.7m) and weighed 169 lbs (approx. 76kg).  His religion was Anglican.

In 1906 whilst Edwin was living in Invercargill, he sat the NZ Civil Service Junior Examination which he passed with credit and placed 362nd.

Around 1912 he left Invercargill as where he was employed as a clerk; Wright Stephenson and Co, had opened a branch in Christchurch. His last listed address was 203 Worcester Street, Christchurch.

Edwin’s easy going nature made him popular while a member of the New Brighton Surf Bathing and Lifesaving Club, the Christchurch Football Club and the Red and Black Association.

Edwin spent 4 years in the NZ Forces (Territorials) which in today’s military is the army reserves. He then enlisted on the 15th August, 1914 with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion. Just prior to the 24th August there was a farewell given in the Red and Black Association’s rooms to give the members of the Christchurch Football Club, who were leaving for the front, a proper send-off.

Edwin left New Zealand from Lyttelton Harbour aboard either the Tahiti (HMNZT 4) or the Athenic (HMNZT 11) on the 15th October, 1914 and arrived in Egypt on the 3rd December, 1914.

He spent some months in Egypt training before being sent to Gallipoli on 12th April, 1915. Just under a month later he was killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 8th May, 1915.

Edwin is one of 179 people listed on the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing on Twelve Tree Copse. With 67% of the fallen New Zealand Expeditionary Forces listed as missing; it was decided that they would be commemorated in a memorial near to where they had died. The date of Edwin’s death coincides with the Second Battle of Krithia, a bloody battle on what was known as the Daisy Field not far from Twelve Tree Copse Memorial.

Edwin’s name is listed on the New Brighton Surf Bathing and Lifesaving Club Memorial window (as "Cochrane, W": perhaps he was known as Wynn?), and the Invercargill cenotaph. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.


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Edwin Grandison Cochrane

First Names:Edwin Grandison
Last Name:Cochrane
Place of Birth:Christchurch