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Surname: COCKETT

Forename(s): Harry

Place of Birth: Hawes, Yorkshire

Service No: 10916

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: South African Infantry, 3rd Regiment (Transvaal and Rhodesia)

Battalion / Unit: ---

Division: 9th (Scottish) Division

Age: 18

Date of Death: 1917-09-20

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 15 - 16 and 16A.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Harry Cockett was the son of Henry and Betsy Smith Cockett, née Chapman. Both parents were born at Hawes, Yorkshire. Harry was the cousin of Private Frederick Cockett (6006) (q.v.) and Gunner John Moore (50517) (q.v.).

1901 Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Early Haw - Harry Cockett, aged 2 years, born Hawes, son of Henry and Betsy S. Cockett.

Betsy and her children departed from Liverpool on the 'Suevic' for Capetown, South Africa, on the 7 May 1910.

Harry was killed in action during the Battles of Ypres, 1917, 31 July-10 November, at the Battle of the Menin Road, 20-25 September.

A short biography of Harry is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered – The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

COCKETT, Harry, South African Infantry, Johannesburg, and Hawes, killed in action 1917.


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Private Harry COCKETT

Private Harry COCKETT

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: South African Infantry, 3rd Regiment (Transvaal and Rhodesia)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: South African Infantry, 3rd Regiment (Transvaal and Rhodesia)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 9th (Scottish) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 9th (Scottish) Division

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Surname: COCKETT

Forename(s): H

Country of Service: South African

Service Number: 10916

Rank: Private

Regiment: 3rd Regt. (Inf.). South African Infantry




Died Date: 20/09/1917

Additional Information:



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21 April 1916

HAWES – Death of a Hawes Lady in South Africa

We regret to record the death, which occurred at Johannesburg, South Africa, on the 13th inst., of Mrs. Betsy Cockett, wife of Mr. Henry Cockett, late of Hawes. Deceased was a native of Hawes, where she was highly respected, and her many friends will deeply mourn her death. She left Hawes with her family–two sons and one daughter–six years ago to join her husband in South Africa. Her eldest son fought against the Germans throughout the recent South African campaign. Much sympathy is expressed for the family in their bereavement.

19 October 1917

COCKETT – Killed in action on the Western Front, Pte. Harry Cockett, South African Infantry Regiment, youngest son of Mr. Henry Cockett and the late Mrs. Cockett, of Johannesburg, and Hawes.

19 October 1917


We regret to announce the death in action of yet another Hawes hero in Pte. Harry Cockett, aged 18, South African Infantry Regiment, youngest son of Mr. Henry Cockett and the late Mrs. Cockett, of Johannesburg, South Africa, and Hawes.

Pte. Cockett left Hawes with his mother, brother and sister to join his father in South Africa seven years ago. He enlisted in the South African Infantry Regiment in February 1917, and went overseas last June, having previously spent two short leaves with his aunt, Mrs. Martland, Hawes. He was a fine stalwart lad, looking older than his years, and when England’s call to her sons resounded over the seas it found in him a ready response. Though too young then to join the Colours, he very impatiently awaited the time when he could be permitted to do so. Whilst in England, he chafed under training and was supremely happy when his call came to take his part in the great fight. Into that (to him) fatal first battle on September 20th he went with unflinching and cheerful courage and fell like a hero ‘fighting to save a world’s morality’. Another intrepid young soul, with his feet just touching the threshold of life, has ‘gone west’, another name has been added to Britain’s immortal dead, and though friends may mourn the premature closing of so bright a life, yet in the moment of death that life gained its highest crown. To these heroic lives, that ‘one crowded hour of glorious life’ was worth the sacrifices demanded, and never can the lapse of years efface the memory of the glorious deeds of those who, nobly striving, nobly fell that we might live.

The father and brother of the deceased young soldier are both fighting in Africa.

10 May 1918

HAWES – Memorial Service

HAWES – Memorial Service

A memorial service for local soldiers fallen in the war during the past year was held in St. Margaret’s Church on Sunday. The names of the soldiers honoured were Private C.H. Jones, Private N.B. Iveson, Pte. M[H]. Cockett, Private R.T. Metcalfe, Private R. Alderson and Gunner M. Calvert. The Hawes Volunteers and Cadets under Second-Lieutenant H.A. Crallen marched to the church. The choir and clergy were preceded to the chancel by Cadet Kenneth Wilson carrying the Union Jack (draped). A special form of service was used, and the hymns ‘Rock of Ages,’ ‘Brief life is here our portion,’ and ‘On the Resurrection Morning’ were sung. The vicar, the Rev. S.D. Crawford, gave an impressive address. The Dead march was played on the organ after the sermon by Mrs. Place, and the ‘Last Post’ sounded by Mr. J. Blades.


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