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He was the son of Albert and Emma Cocking and the brother of Mary Ann, Albert, Ethel and Elsie May Cocking of 20 Hedderley Street Union Road Nottingham.
27 May 1918
725720 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Harold Cocking first served in 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. The battalion was raised in Nottingham by the Mayor and recruiting committee on 1 June 1915. Eventually it was taken over by the War Office and after training landed in France on 6 March 1916. The battalion was disbanded in France on 12 February 1918 and men were sent to other Forester battalions. Harold found himself in the 1st Battalion and would have gone through the battalions hard fought battles in the German Spring Offensive. It was decided to send the various divisions to a quiet sector on the Chemin des Dames. The Germans decided to assault this front next and the battalion found itself battling for survival as the weight of the enemy slowly pushed them back. Harold was one of the many casualties and by the end of May some 680 all ranks had become casualties or prisoners. The 1st Battalion had all but ceased to exist. John Morse
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