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CockburnGMajorMID LG: 8 February 1901, page: 963. Source: General Buller. 13 September 1900. Re: Bergendal Farm
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(Prince Consort's Own) Rifle Brigade
CockburnGeorge Gordon7478Source: Medal rollsCanada, 2nd Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry
CockburnGeorge MurrayMajorCOCKBURN, GEORGE MURRAY, Major, was born 9 January 1856, son of Admiral J H Cockburn.  He was educated at Eton, and joined the 80th Foot, as Lieutenant, 11 November 1876, and the Rifle Brigade 30 December 1876; was Instructor of Musketry, Rifle Brigade, 7 August 1880 to 31 March 1883; Captain 28 August 1884; Adjutant, Rifle Brigade, 1 April 1884 to 31 March 1889, and Major 14 November 1894.  He served in the Nile Expedition in 1898, being present at the Battle of Khartoum; was mentioned in Despatches 30 September 1898; received the Medal and the Egyptian Medal with clasp, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 15 November 1898]: "George Murray Cockburn, Major, The Rifle Brigade, The Prince Consort's Own.  In recognition of services daring the recent operations in the Sudan".  The Insignia were sent to the Officer Commanding, Malta.  The presentation was deferred, and the decoration was presented at Kandia, Crete, by Sir H Chermside, on 3 April 1899.  Major Cockburn was District Inspector of Musketry, Eastern District, 14 July 1896 to 21 January 1898.  He served in the South African War, 1899 to 1901, being present at, the operations in Natal in 1899, including the action at Lombard's Kop, Defence of Ladysmith, including action of 6 January 1900.  Operations in Natal, March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek (6 to 9 June).  Operations in the Transvaal 10 November 1903 to November 1901.  He was in command of the 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade, from 28 August 1903 to 13 October 1901; was mentioned in Despatches (Sir R H Buller, 13 September and 9 November 1903) [London Gazette, 8 February 1931]; was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel, and received the Queen's Medal with three clasps.  He became Lieutenant Colonel 15 October 1901; was given the Brevet of Colonel 8 May 1904, and retired with the rank of Colonel 15 October 1905.  Colonel Cockburn married, in 1905, Alice Lindsay, daughter of Hasell Rodwell, of Tower House, Ipswich, and widow of Charles Reginald Orde, Rifle Brigade. 
CBE (1st, mil), DSO, Queen's Sudan, QSA (4) DofL LN Belf 01, 1914-15 Star, BWN, VM, 1903 Delhi Durbar, Khedive Sudan (1) Khartoum. KRRC Museum, Winchester.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
(Prince Consort's Own) Rifle Brigade
CockburnGeorge R26697PrivateSource: QSA Medal Rolls107th Company, 6th Btn, IY
CockburnGuy Rosebery41330TrooperNo known Company. Served in 33rd Btn IY
Source: QSA Medal Rolls
Imperial Yeomanry
CockburnH2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Northumberland Fusiliers
CockburnH3rd EngineerTransport Medal, clasp: China. Ship: Jelunga (British India).
Source: Transport Medal roll
Transport ships
CockburnHLieutenantWounded. Belfast, 7 November 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Canada contingent
CockburnHampden Zane ChurchillMajorCOCKBURN, HAMPDEN ZANE CHURCHILL, Major, the son of Mr George Ralph Richardson Cockburn (a Director of the Ontario Bank at Toronto, and for many years MP for that city, as well as Principal of Upper Canada College); was born on 19 November 1857; was educated at Upper Canada College (Toronto), and Rugby School, England.  On 20 November 1891, he entered the Governor-General's Bodyguard as 2nd Lieutenant On 20 September 1897, at great risk to himself he saved the lives of two brothers, Robert and James Harris, who were drowning in Lake Rousseau, Canada, and was awarded the Royal Canadian Humane Society's Medal.  Early in 1900 he volunteered for service in the Boer War of 1899-1902, and won the Victoria Cross as described in the London Gazette of 23 April, 1901: 'Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn, Lieutenant, Royal Canadian Dragoons.  Date of Act of Bravery: 7 November 1900.  Lieutenant Cockburn, with a handful of men, at a most critical moment, held off the Boers to allow the guns to get away.  To do so he had to sacrifice himself and his party, all of whom were killed, wounded, or taken prisoners, he himself being slightly wounded'.  Lieutenant Cockburn, Lieutenant Turner and Sergeant Holland won the Victoria Cross in a very gallant defence of the guns at Komati River.  General Smith-Dorrien, by a wide turning movement, compelled the enemy to vacate a very strong position.  The Boers were very strongly reinforced during the night and tried to recover their position next day; but Colonel Evans, with the Canadian Mounted Rifles and two guns of the 84th Battery, forestalled them, after a gallop of two miles.  On the returning march, the rearguard consisted of the Canadian Dragoons and two Canadian 12-pounders, under Colonel Lessard.  After some heavy fighting they were unexpectedly charged in the afternoon by 200 mounted Boers, who got within seventy yards before they were stopped by the Canadian Dragoons.  Lieutenant Cockburn held them off at a most critical moment and deliberately sacrificed himself and his party to let the guns get away.  He was slightly wounded himself, and his men were all either killed, wounded, or taken prisoners.  Later in the day Lieutenant Turner, who had already been twice wounded, dismounted, and deploying his men at close quarters, drove off the enemy.  Sergeant Holland worked a Colt gun with most deadly effect, until at last he found the enemy almost on top of him, and the horse attached to the carriage much blown.  He then lifted the gun off the carriage, mounted his horse, and rode away with the gun under his arm.  Besides the Victoria Cross he also received the Queen's Medal, with clasps for Cape Colony, Diamond Hill, part in forty-five engagements.  He won the Victoria Cross under the command of Colonel Lessard, commanding the unit, and Major-General Smith-Dorrien, General Officer Commanding.  He was decorated by HRH the Duke of Cornwall and York at Toronto on 11 October 1901, and on the same occasion a sword of honour, voted to him by the council of that city, was presented to him.  Major Cockburn later belonged to the Canadian Reserve of Officers.  He was killed by his horse on his ranch at Maple Creek, Canada, July, 1913.
Source: VC recipients (VC and DSO book)
Canada, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles
CockburnI2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Northumberland Fusiliers
CockburnJTrooperNatal 1906 (1)
Source: Recipients of the Natal 1906 Medal
Transvaal Mounted Rifles
CockburnJ1st Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Northumberland Fusiliers
CockburnJ2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Northumberland Fusiliers
CockburnJ2nd Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
(Prince of Wales's Own) West Yorkshire Regiment
CockburnJ4609Private2nd Battalion
Source: QSA roll
Lancashire Fusiliers
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