Announcement in the 22 June 1918 edition of the North China Daily News bringing news of Cocker's death
Captain Thomas Edge Cocker was killed in action aged 30 in the last year of the war on 21 March when the war’s outcome was still unclear.
Like his fellow fallen team mate Sydney Henman, his last competitive rugby game for Shanghai had been the interport fixture at Tientsin in January 1914 and he participated in the autumn warm up games of 1914.
Captain Cocker was born in Hull in 1887. He had served the Chinese Maritime Service in Swatow [Shantou], Antung [Andong], Hongkong and Shanghai before leaving the Customs service in June 1915 to volunteer.
He served throughout the battle of the Somme in 1916 and later in the battle of Cambrai. Before his death, he had been awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre for his distinguished service.
Captain Thomas Edge Cocker
Thomas Edge Cocker (1887 - 1918)