WW1 Alumni

Cocks, AV

Arthur Vernon Cocks

Private, Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles

Arthur Vernon Cocks joined the war effort early on in October 1914. He attended Alleyn’s until 1901 and found employment as a stock exchange clerk after leaving the school. He lived with his mother, brother and four sisters at 21 Deerbrook Road, Herne Hill. He was 27 when he first decided to enlist in the British Territorial Force and was assigned to 3rd Royal Bucks Hussars. At this time, the battalion was a third-line training unit of the TF and was not mobilised to serve overseas. As a result, Arthur placed a transfer request in July 1915, stating his desire to be moved to 15th (Co. of London) Battalion which was serving in France. His request was granted and he quickly joined his new battalion on the Western Front as they prepared for their part in the next phase of the Somme offensive. Arthur served with 15th Battalion during a number of major Allied operations including the action at Vimy Ridge in May 1916 and the Battle of Flers-Courcelette in September before he suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh in April 1917. The injury resulted in Arthur being declared as medically unfit for service and he was discharged from the TF before the end of the war. After the end of the conflict, he was granted the Silver War Badge which was issued to men who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness during war as well as the British War and Victory Medal.