Individual Report: E29954 Charles COCHRANE

1st Bn The Royal Rifles of Canada


General Information

Rank: First Name: Second Name:
Rifleman Charles Angus
From: Enlistment Region: Date of Birth (y-m-d):
New Richmond QC Eastern Quebec 1914-10-11
Appointment: Company: Platoon:
A

Transportation - Home Base to Hong Kong

Members of 'C' Force from the East travelled across Canada by CNR troop train, picking up reinforcements enroute. Stops included Valcartier, Montreal, Ottawa, Armstrong ON, Capreol ON, Winnipeg, Melville SK, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper, and Vancouver, arriving in Vancouver on Oct 27 at 0800 hrs.

The Winnipeg Grenadiers and the local soldiers that were with Brigade Headquarters from Winnipeg to BC travelled on a CPR train to Vancouver.

All members embarked from Vancouver on the ships AWATEA and PRINCE ROBERT. AWATEA was a New Zealand Liner and the PRINCE ROBERT was a converted cruiser. "C" Company of the Rifles was assigned to the PRINCE ROBERT, everyone else boarded the AWATEA. The ships sailed from Vancouver on Oct 27th and arrived in Hong Kong on November 16th, having made brief stops enroute at Honolulu and Manila.

Equipment earmarked for 'C' Force use was loaded on the ship DON JOSE, but would never reach Hong Kong as it was rerouted to Manila when hostilities commenced.

On arrival, all troops were quartered at Nanking Barracks, Sham Shui Po Camp, in Kowloon.


Battle Information

We do not have specific battle information for this soldier in our online database. For a detailed description of the battle from a Canadian perspective, visit Canadian Participation in the Defense of Hong Kong (published by the Historical Section, Canadian Military Headquarters).

Wounded Information

Date Wounded Wound Description References
UnknownN/A36

Hospital Information

Name of hospital Date of admission Date of discharge Comments Reference
HK-UNKN/AN/A

POW Camps

Camp ID Camp Name Location Company Type of Work Reference Arrive Depart
HK-NP-01North PointNorth Point, Hong Kong Island41 Dec 3042 Sep 26
HK-SA-02ShamshuipoKowloon, Hong Kong42 Sep 2643 Jan 19
JP-To-3DTsurumiYokohama-shi, Tsurumi-ku, Suyehiro-cho, 1-chome, JapanNippon Steel Tube - Tsurumi ShipyardsVariety of jobs related to ship building943 Jan 1945 Apr 16
JP-Se-4B OhashiIwate-ken, Kamihei-gun, Katsushi-mura, Ohashi, JapanNippon Steel Company13445 Apr 1645 Sep 15

Transport to Japan

Draft Number Name of Ship Departure Date Arrival Date Arrival Port Comments Reference
XD3ATatsuta Maru43 Jan 19, left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs43 Jan 22, 0400 hrsNagasaki, JapanBoarded train, arrived in Tokyo on 43 Jan 24 at 0700 hrs, boarded electric train for 10 mile ride to campTony Banham

Transportation: SE Asia to Home

No information found.

Post-war Photo

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The belt he is wearing is a trophy belt... it has a dozen or so regimental badges from different branches of the service. We understand this was common for soldiers to "trade" badges with each other and collect them on belts.

Death and Cemetery Information

Date of Death (y-m-d) Cause of Death Death Class Death Ref
1974-10-22Not recorded
Cemetery LocationCemeteryGrave NumberGravestone Marker
Callander ON CanadaCallander

Gravestone Image

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Obituary / Life Story

Charles Angus Cochrane of 610, Hwy. 94, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday. He was 60. Rev. Gordon Ross will conduct the funeral service at the Paul Chapel Friday, 2:30pm with interment at Callender Cemetery. Friends may pay their respects at the Paul Funeral Home in Powassan. Born Oct. 11, 1914 in New Richmond, Que., he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Cochrane. He came to Callander four years ago where he was employed as a security guard at Dupont. A veteran of the Hong Kong Royal Rifles, Mr. Cochrane was a prisoner-of-war for four years during the Second World War. He was a member of Branch 445, Royal Canadian Legion of Callander. Predeceased by his wife Evelyn in 1949, he married the former Thelma Jones in Toronto April 24, 1953. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Addison Harrison (Patricia) of North Bay and Mrs. Norman Willett (Judith) of New Richmond, Que.; two brothers Dave and Archie of New Richmond; one sister, Mrs. Henry Hardy (Mary) of Whitby and three grandchildren.

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Report generated: 26 Sep 2020.


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  1. Service numbers for officers are locally generated for reporting only. During World War II officers were not allocated service numbers until 1945.
  2. 'C' Force soldiers who died overseas are memorialized in the Second World War Book of Remembrance and the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, both sponsored by Veterans Affairs Canada. Please use the search utility at VAC to assist you.
  3. Some birthdates and deathdates display as follows: 1918-01-01. In general, this indicates that we know the year but not the month or day.
  4. Our POW camp links along with our References link (near the bottom of the 'C' Force home page) are designed to give you a starting point for your research. There were many camps with many name changes. The best resource for all POW camps in Japan is the Roger Mansell Center for Research site.
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