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MAJ Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn

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MAJ Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn

  • Birth 19 Nov 1867 Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Death 12 Jul 1913 Maple Creek, Maple Creek Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Burial Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
  • Plot Hill A. Section S 1/2. Lot 11 Far East side of the Cemetery
  • Memorial ID 7034019

British Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. Born in Toronto Canada, at the outbreak of African Boer War in 1899, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Dragoons and was commissioned a Lieutenant. On November 7, 1900, during the Battle of Liliefontein at Komati River, South Africa, he was in command of a rearguard for a column of troops. They suddenly were attacked by a overwhelming number of Boers trying to capture artillery pieces under their protection. In preventing the capture, he was wounded and all his rearguard were killed or wounded but he held his ground,
allowing the rest of a British column to escape. For gallantry in action, he was presented with the Victoria Cross on October 11, 1901. During the war he took part in forty-five engagements, was appointed Major and earned the Queen's South African Medal with clasps. He was killed in a horse riding accident on his ranch at Maple Creek, Canada.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 26 Dec 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7034019
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn (19 Nov 1867–12 Jul 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7034019, citing Saint James Cemetery, Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Find A Grave .