Henry Francis Cochrane
Serial No. 2539
Henry Francis Cochrane - Information
Henry Francis Cochrane was born in Warwick in Queensland, before moving to Wedderburn to work as a farmer. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the AIF in Wedderburn on the 21st of May 1916. After he signed up, Henry was placed with C Company Depot Battalion at Goulburn. He was then posted to B Company, 5th Reinforcements, 55th Battalion. His unit was then shipped out from Sydney on the HMAT Aeneas on the 30th September 1916.
Henry disembarked at Plymouth in mid November for further training, and was then sent to the Western Front in June 1917. At Le Havre, he was transferred to the 13th Battalion, joining them in the trenches in Belgium. Here, the Battalion participated in action during the Third Battle of Ypres. Remarkably, Henry received a gun shot wound to the head on the 25th of September. He was rushed to 2nd Australian General Hospital in Le Havre, and was recuperating by late December. In August 1918, Henry was assigned lighter duties with the Australian Corps working party in France. After the war, Henry was sent home from Southampton on the HMAT Beltana on the 2nd of June 1919.