COCKIN, Robert

Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
South Lancashire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
3654681
P.O.W. number: 
18703
Operations: 
Lance Corporal Robert Cockin, aged 22 and from Stockton, served in 4 Troop and took part in Operation Chariot, the raid at St Nazaire 28 March 1942. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos on board ML267, and all bar 5 of the RN crew,  were killed. 

LCpl. Cockin was reported missing but later found to have been wounded , taken prisoner, and transported to Stalag 344 at Lamsdorf, Poland. 

Sources
British Army Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/41 and WO417/48.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
Article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle 17 April 1942.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St Nazaire, author James Dorian.
 

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