Looking for any information on my grandfather, Robert Arrol Cochrane, born in Scotland on May 7, 1887. I know he worked for the Bank of New South Wales in London and took a leave of absence to fight in WW1 and quit when he came back, shortly after the war was over. That's all I know.
I, too, am researching Cochranes. I can't say anything about your grandfather but I have done a lot of research on WWI. Who did he fight with? The British, the Canadians, the Australians? There are considerable research sources for these armies and that may give you a clue. Find out the name of his Battalion, his Brigade, his Division and where he may have fought. It may help you. Regards, Peter Edgar
I am assuming he fought with the British, since he was living in England at the time of World War 1, and he left his post at the bank to serve. My grandfather was not involved in our family, so I have very little information, other than birth date and country of birth, the address where he lived at the 1911 census and where he worked, the Bank of New South Wales on Threadneedle St, London, before he took a leave to serve in the war. On his return in 1914, he resigned from the bank but that's all I know. I've always been curious about him but have never had any luck tracing him. I'm very new to geneology - he is the reason I started looking. Any info on how to search war records would be appreciated.
Hello again Brenda, I had a quick look at my Ancestry.com.au site and found the reference to the 1911 census. He was 23 born about 1888. There was another reference to the 1901 Scotland census to a Robert aged 13. That Robert belonged to a Robert and Robina Cochrane and there was also a sister Robina. I don't know if that is him. Might be someone else of the same name. Same applied to Robert aged 3 (born Glasgow) in the 1891 Scotland census. I had a glance at the military records that Ancestry has and there are plenty of references to men by name Robert Cochrane. One was in the (British) machine gun corps and another in the 14th London Regiment of the Gordon Highlanders. (That is just the sort of regiment I might expect a Scot living in London to join.) The problem with MyHeritage is that it is very US orientated. I note that you are in Canada. I am in Australia. I'll also check the Australian records at the National Archives of Australia. It is just possible that he joined them as he was working in the bank of NSW. i hope this helps. Regards, Peter
Thank you so much, I really appreciate the information and the offer to check the Australian records. I realize it is a very common name, Robert Cochrane, but I always hoped the middle name of Arrol might turn up something. It's interesting, he was my mother's father and I believe she met him but there are no pictures and she never talked about him. Apparently she was a lot like him in looks and personality and I am almost a clone of her, so I've always been curious about him and keen to find out anything I could. I'd be happy with just a picture, really. Thanks, again, for your help.
Hello again Brenda, I did have a quick check of the National Australian Archives (NAA) website and sure enough there were a number of Robert Cochranes. I looked at two born in Scotland but of these one was too old to be your grandfather and the other I also rejected because I think he joined up in Queensland and your gf apparently joined in London. You can probably check these Australian records yourself by googling up the NAA, going to name search, selecting WWI and then typing in the name. Click on 'Robert Cochrane' and that page has a text 'view record' (I forget the actual wording). This takes you to a 40 page sheaf of papers about the individual. However, it seems that your gf signed up in London. I don't know where your Mum was born but if it is London I would definitely sign up to Ancestry.UK and see what you can find in military records. Best of luck in your search. PS you can always write to the London records office at Kew (Central Records Office???) Regards, Peter
pps I'm looking for a great grandfather Cochrane in somewhat similar circumstances to you. (Donald or Richard).