Sydney Cockram


The 1901 census shows the Cockram family living in the Heygate School School House.   The head of the family was William Cockram, aged 45, employed as a schoolmaster, born in East Ansty, Devon.   Living with him was his wife Alice aged 42, born West Down, Devon, Florence M, aged 17, a pupil teacher, Ethel A, 15, a pupil teacher, Edith M aged 13 and Sydney W, aged 9, born in St Briards, Devon, baptised 31/5/189 at The School House, St Briards.

The West Haddon record of burials shows the burial of William Cockram, father of Sydney William on 28/5/1901 at the age of 45.

The 1911 census shows Alice, aged 52 as head of the household, still living in West Haddon.   Living with her was her daughter Elizabeth Annie, aged 25, employed as an assistant teacher, and Sydney William working as an assistant butcher at the Co-op.

On 2/9/1914 Sydney Cockram was attested on a Short Service Attestation aged 23 at Rugby.   He joined at Manchester on 3/9/1914 and was allocated to the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.   He gave his mother as his next-of-kin with her address as 9 Queen Street, Cresswell, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

He was discharged on 10/10/1914 with the entry showing “Discharged.   Not likely to become an effective soldier”   He had served 39 days.

Jim Blakey

11th November, 2016