Lance Sergeant James Cochrane

Lance Sergeant James Leyden Cochrane, 48th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. He was killed in action in Italy, aged 25, on the 15th June 1915. He had been born in Cavers, Roxburghshire in 1892 and wasa the son of William and Helen Cochrane of Leyden’s cottage, Denholm. He had served his apprenticeship in Denholm with Turnbull & Sons, tailors and clothiers and was working for the Company in Hawick when he enlisted in the Royal Scots in November 1914. he landed in France with the 12th R.S. in May 1915 and was then transferred to the M.G.C in the 48th Division. The Division was transferred to Italy in late 1917 to prop up the Italians who had suffered a great defeat at Caporetto in October 1917.; He fell in the fighting on the Asiago plain on the 15th/16th June and is buried in Boscon British Cemetery, Vincenza, Italy where his Headstone is inscribed ” He Hath Fought The Good Fight Of Faith”. The photo shows machine gunners in action.

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