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Le Cocq, R J

Menin Gate

The Menin Gate, Ieper (Ypres), Belgium

The son of Richard and Elizabeth Jane Le Cocq, of 15 Winchester Street, St Helier. He was originally reported as wounded and missing but later presumed to have died during an attack near Hooge on the 24th of July.

Killed in action, aged 25 years



Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate


Richard James Le Cocq

Private Richard James Le Cocq
1st Battalion, Welsh Regiment

1914-15 Star

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 28 September 1915

Roll of Honour. In a casualty list issued by the War Office some time ago the name of Private Le Cocq of the 1st Welsh Regiment, son of Mrs Le Cocq of 31 Charles Street, appeared among the wounded and missing. It now appears practically certain that he must be numbered among the many gallant Jerseymen who have given up their lives for King and Country for in reply to an application to the Enquiry Department of the British Red Cross and Order of St John Mrs Le Cocq was informed that Corporal R Leonard of the same Regiment could give her some information, and a letter since received from the Corporal seems to place the matter beyond doubt. We quote the following from the communication in question "Private Le Cocq was in my Company and also in my Section, I can truthfully say that a more willing and kinder chap would be hard to find. He was liked by the officers and men of the Company and everyone had a good word for him. I wish to tender to you my sincere sympathy in your sad bereavement. I gave the following information to the Red Cross visitor and only regret that it was not of another kind. It was on 24 May that our Regiment was called into action in order to regain some trenches near Hooge Chateau and about 11.30 at night we received the order to charge and had almost reached the German trenches when several of us fell including Private Le Cocq, the Platoon Officer and myself. I should say that the first named was killed instantly for I saw no movement in him. I was not picked up until 2 days later, I had a broken leg and it is progressing satisfactorily although I will be in bed for some time yet, still it is something to be alive and I only wish I could give you happier news."

At 8pm every evening, the Last Post is played inside the Menin Gate in remembrance.