Sec­ond coun­cil­lor’s son dies at the front

Stirling Observer - - FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY -

Losses as a re­sult of the war had been felt by many or­gan­i­sa­tion but none more so than Doune Town Coun­cil.

Vil­lagers were mourn­ing the death in ac­tion of 20-year-old Lt Wil­liam Cochrane, Royal Scots Fusiliers, who was the son of Coun­cil­lor W Cochrane.

As the Ob­server’s cor­re­spon­dent pointed out, his death was only the sec­ond case in the com­mu­nity of an only son hav­ing been killed in the war.

The other was Pte Ro­drick McKen­zie, who died in Salonica a few months ear­lier and was the only son of Coun­cil­lor J McKen­zie, also a Doune town coun­cil­lor.

“The town coun­cil, as a public body, has been se­verely hit by these griev­ous losses sus­tained by its mem­bers,” wrote the Ob­server.

Lt Cochrane was killed on Septem­ber 26, 1917, when he was hit by a bul­let shortly after achiev­ing a mil­i­tary ob­jec­tive.

“His men made the en­emy pay dearly,” said a let­ter to his fa­ther from a com­rade of the lieu­tenant.

Lt Cochrane’s loss was keenly felt in the vil­lage. He was set to pur­sue a le­gal ca­reer and was pur­su­ing that ob­jec­tive when called up.

A mem­ber of the Doune United Free Church and well known to parish­ioners., he was in the church’s Sab­bath School and later be­came a Sab­bath School teacher.

Gifted with a good voice, he was part of the church choir and also took part in the Bi­ble class.

“It will be a shock to his par­ents and all who knew him,” wrote the com­rade.

“Al­though their sor­row will be great, it is a source of pride to know that he died with his face to the en­emy, brave and un­flinch­ing, car­ry­ing out all the tra­di­tions of a Bri­tish sol­dier who, for the sake of gen­er­a­tions to come, had paid the supreme sac­ri­fice.”

He died with his face to the en­emy for the sake of gen­er­a­tions to come

Killed Lt Wil­liam Cochrane

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