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Arthur Cockayne was the son of Tom Cockayne and Susannah Draper who married at Nottingham in 1897. Tom Cockayne already had a child, Lizzie (b.1885) from an earlier marriage and he and Susannah had three more children together: Arthur (b.1897), Ethel (b.1900) and Ada (b.1901). The family homes were at: The ‘Duke of Newcastle’ 126 Kirkwhite Street, Meadows [C.1901] and 24, Sutton Street, Nottingham [C.1911]. Tom Cockayne had initially been a beer house keeper but by 1911 the Cockaynes had left the pub and he was working as a joiner. He died at Nottingham, aged 50, in 1913. In 1914 Susannah Cockayne married Samuel Wright in the Basford registration district. When Arthur Cockayne’s death notice was inserted in the local paper the family were living at 41 Walker Street, Radford [n.e.p.29.10.1918]. Susannah Wright died in the Melton Mowbray area, aged, 76, in 1950. Her second husband, Samuel, died there, aged 81, in 1966.
23 Sep 1918
20
541053 - CWGC Website
44326
Private
1st Bn Cambridgeshire Regiment
Pte. Cockayne was called up for service and following training he was drafted to France. He was killed in action as the British army advanced to the Hindenburg Line and was buried at Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Epehy (grave ref VI.D.9)
Personal inscription CWGC headstone: 'Though lost to sight to memory ever dear.' Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 29 October 1918: ‘Cockayne. Killed in action, September 20th (sic), 1918, Pte Arthur Cockayne, Cambridgeshire Regt., dearly beloved son of the late Tom Cockayne and Susannah Wright, stepson of Samuel Wright, 31 Wallen-street, Radford. From his broken-hearted mother and dad.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 29 October 1918: ‘Cockayne. Killed in action, September 20th (sic), 1918, Pte Arthur Cockayne, Cambridgeshire Regt. From his sorrowing sisters and brother-in-law Jim (prisoner in Germany).’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 29 October 1918: ‘Cockayne. Killed in action, September 20th (sic), 1918, Pte Arthur Cockayne, Cambrideshire Regt. From his sorrowing grandma, Harry, aunties, uncles.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’ 29 September 1919: ‘Cockayne. In loving remembrance of our dear son, Pte Arthur Cockayne fell in action Sept. 29th 1918. (-) for ever in memory and love. Mother and step-father.’’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’ 29 September 1919: ‘Cockayne. Sweet is the memory of our dear brother, Pte. Arthur Cockayne, killed in France Sept. 29th 1918 (-) for ever. Sisters Ethel, Adia, Lizzie brother-in-law Jim.’’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 29 September 1918: ‘Cockayne. In loving memory of Pte. Arthur Cockayne, killed in France Sept. 29th, 1918. Fondly remembered by his grandma and aunt Carrie.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
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