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Marshall Albert COCKER

Regimental number8360
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMoulder
AddressMill Street, Clarence Park, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinWife, Mrs Tessie Cocker, Mill Street, Clarence Park, South Australia
Enlistment date15 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentBombardier
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 18
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 15 September 1917

FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 14th September, 1917, at ZILLEBEKE, the 18th Battery position was heavily shelled from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. with 5.9" and 8". At 3.36 p.m. an ammunition dump alongside No. 1 gun was hit and it and the gun pit caught fire. These men on Leiutenant DODD calling for a party rushed out of the shelter trench in the face of the heavy fire and with water from adjacent shell holes succeeded in putting it out. Later the pit was again hit and it and the ammunition and an adjacent pit caught fire. These men again went out with Leiutenant DODD in the face of the shelling and succeeded in saving the guns and ammunition. They displayed great gallantry and determination in the face of very considerable danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 9
Date: 24 January 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 February 1955
Age at death64
Place of burialAIF Cemetery (Row 20, Grave No. 62), West Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia

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