Digitized Service Record
Source: Per record of promotion for Cecil Sheffield Watson, reg. no. 195755.
His father, John Cockerham, reg. no. 231060 also served with the 18th Battalion.
Military Medal per London Gazette no. 31175. February 11, 1919.
The Border Cities Star November 1 1933 Page 22.
Death Takes J.C. Cockerham
Salvation Army Bandsman Was War Veteran
James C. Cockerham, 39-years old of 1413 Erie street, died yesterday noon at Grace Hospital following an illness of one month. He was admitted to the hospital Sunday for an operation. He failed to rally following the operation, except for a few minutes Sunday evening when he was able to talk.
A native of Yorkshire, England, Mr. Cockerham came to Canada and the Border Cities in 1914. In 1915 he enlisted in the 70th Battalion and was drafted into the 18th Battalion in France. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of sergeant and won the Military Medal.
Although Mr. Cockerham served 33 months at the front without an interruption caused by injury or illness it is thought that his death was indirectly caused by the war. He was gassed slightly on several occasions.
Mr. Cockerham joined the local Salvation Army Band shortly after his arrival in the Border Cities. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and this organization will hold a funeral service at the family home this evening at 8 o’clock.,
Surviving are his wife, Maria; four children, Blaney, Else, Lester, and Dorothy, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Cockerham, of Windsor; two brothers, Arthur, and James, of Windsor; and four sisters, Mrs. Greenwood, Mrs. Walsh, and Mrs. Marshall, of Windsor, and Mrs. O. Loot, of Michigan.
Military rites will be held at funeral services which will be Thursday. Adjutant Warrander will officiate at serves in the Windsor Citadel of the Salvation Army on London Street, and interment will be in the soldiers’ plot in Windsor Grove Cemetery.
The Border Cities Star. November 1, 1933. Page 22.