Lieutenant G. A. Cockburn
SAC 1907-1910

Lieutenant Gordon Alan Cockburn was born on January 19, 1894 in Toronto, the son of William Andrew and Emma Jane Cockburn of Toronto. He attended Huron Street Public School followed by St. Andrew's College from 1907 to 1910. He studied Applied Science at the University of Toronto and then joined the firm of Cockburn & Bundy.

He claimed previous service with the 11th Howitzer Battery and three months of service with the 26th Overseas Battery as a Gunner (see Declaration Paper below) when in January 1916, he joined the 43rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery as an officer. He reached France the following summer and was wounded at the Somme on October 20th.

After the Battle of Vimy Ridge he was seconded to the 19th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. During the Battle of Ypres and Passchendaele he was severely wounded in an air fight and compelled to land at Houthem behind the German lines. Though he received immediate attention from his captors, he died at the dressing station in the afternoon of November 8th, 1917 at the age of  22 and is buried in Passchendale New British Cemetery, Belgium (Grave Reference: XVI. E. 1.) He is also commemorated on a family memorial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario (see below).

  • Copy of Officer's Declaration Paper (National Archives)
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Gordon Cockburn. There is also a link to his commemoration on Page 218 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Special monument dedicated to Lt. Gordon Allan Cockburn,
located in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario.
Another plaque appears on the other side of this monument,
and is dedicated to Lt. George Angus Cockburn.

Inscription on bronze plaque for Lt. Gordon Allan Cockburn:

"In Memory of Gordon Allan Cockburn, Lt. 43rd Battery Canadian Field Artillery and Flight Lieutenant 19th Squadron Royal Flying Corps. Killed in air combat between Houthem and Wervicq, November 8th, 1917. Buried at Passchendaele New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Aged 22 years. He gave his life for duty, freedom and honour."