Second Lieutenant Joseph Cochrane


Joseph Cochrane was born in County Limerick around 1893, the fourth or fifth of six children of County Down-born RIC constable Hugh Cochrane and his wife Julia Anne (nee Boyle). By 1911 he was living with his parents and three surviving siblings at 6 Mountjoy Prison Cottages, Inn's Quay, Dublin, his father working as a warder in the Irish Prison Service.

Cochrane enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 16 and 18 November 1915 (No.1900 – later Corps of Hussars No.71627).

He embarked for France in 1916 or 1917 as a reinforcement for the 1st or 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment (probably the former).

In 1918 he applied for a commission in the infantry and left France for training at No.7 Officer Cadet Battalion at Fermoy. He was still a cadet when the Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, and was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on 21 February 1919.

On 5 March 1919 he was commissioned as a temporary 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Irish Fusiliers. He was demobilised later that year.

After the war Cochrane must have lived in Ulster and served in the police force. His address in the 1920s was given as 'Royal Ulster Constabulary, Omagh, County Tyrone'.