Lieutenant James Cochrane


Unit : No.17 Platoon, "B" Company, 2nd Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Awards : Military Cross


Lieutenant Cochrane was a Canadian officer who had joined the 2nd Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry under the CANLOAN scheme, whereby Canadian junior officers, of which there was a surplus, volunteered to join British regiments with a shortage of such officers. He took over command of No.17 Platoon after the wounding of Lieutenant Fox.


For his actions in Normandy he was awarded the Military Cross:


On August 18th at Merville-Franceville Plage he showed great courage and initiative in leading his Platoon round by a flank over enemy minefields to dislodge some enemy soldiers who were holding up the advance along the only road into the village. On August 25th close to Manneville Le Raoult, Lieutenant Cochrane led his Platoon with such dash and vigour that a large force of the enemy who had been holding the bridge over the River Morette were completely disorganised and prevented from counter-attacking. He captured many prisoners and assaulted and captured an enemy Machine Gun position which overlooked the bridges and cleared a large area of high ground behind the bridge.


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