Frank Cocker
Born 14/09/1895 in 110 Eldon Street, Oldham
Settled in Mitcham, Surrey
Died 23/01/1955
Mother Lucy Olive Cocker

Siblings Mary Jane Cocker, William Stansfield Cocker
Children William Samuel Arnott Cocker, George Buchanan Arnott Cocker, Lucy Olive Cocker, Frank John Cocker, Robert Andrew Cocker, James Alexander Cocker, (1 hidden for privacy)
Notes Father may have been John Stansfield - see notes for brother William Stansfield Cocker. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, listed in the London Gazette, 10th April 1918 as "41956 Sjt F Cocker, Sco Rif (Oldham)". He was in the 1st Btn. The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Report from the Front says: "On February 18th 1918 at St Martin au Leart near St Omer, Sgt Cocker was instructing a class in throwing 'egg-bombs', No 34 Mark III for the first time. A man of the class, after severing the shear wire, accidentally dropped one of these bombs in the trench. Sgt Cocker, realising the danger, rushed up, and picking up the bomb, threw it clear of the men in the trench. By his presence of mind, and disregard for his own personal safety, Sgt Cocker saved a severe accident, as the bomb exploded 2 seconds after it was thrown from the trench." In 1921 census is shown living at 4 Northumberland Square, Whitley Bay, as a boarder, with his wife, George and Lucy. He was a soldier on Military Service. Settled in Lavender Avenue, Mitcham. Married a second time in Jul-Sept 1953 to Brenda Burgess. They had two sons, Ian, born Jul-Sept 1953 and Roger, born Oct-Dec 1954. On his marriage certificate, the father information and his mother's maiden surname are incorrect - maybe he did not know or had been misled in some way. War Record is available on paper in family archive.