COCKIN, Robert

Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Unit/Base: 
2 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
South Lancashire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Number: 
3654681
P.O.W. number: 
18703
Born: 
Thursday, January 9, 1919
Birthplace: 
Stockton on Tees
Died : 
Friday, December 9, 1977
Place died: 
Belfast
Lance Corporal Robert Cockin 2 Commando
Robert Cockin 2 Commando
Lance Corporal Robert Cockin, 4 Troop, aged 22 and from Stockton, was reported missing 28 March 1942 after Operation Chariot at St Nazaire, later found to have been wounded and taken prisoner of war. He embarked on Motor Launch ML 267 which was hit by enemy fire and sank. Eight of the 11 Commandos on board and all bar five of the RN crew  were killed. 
 
Sources
British Army Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/41 and WO417/48.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 / National Archives file WO392/11.
German Record Cards of British POWs / National Archives file WO416/70/497 (Stalag 133).
Article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle 17 April 1942.
St Nazaire Society website.
Storming St Nazaire, author James Dorian.
[Images] Michael and Sandra Hymer (maiden name Cockin)
 

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