John Samuel HOCKING

John Samuel HOCKING

We met John Samuel Hocking when his great niece came to stay with us. Trooper Hocking was with the Royal Armoured Corp. when they pushed through France in 1944. He died on 3rd September 1944 and is buried in London Cemetery, opposite High Wood near Longueval. He is the first soldier we have researched who was killed during the liberation of France in WW2.

London Cemetery and Extension, originally created in WW1, was used again in 1946 by the Army Graves Service for the reburial of Second World War casualties recovered from various temporary burial grounds, French military cemeteries, small communal cemeteries, churchyards and isolated graves, where permanent maintenance was not possible. These graves are in one central plot at the extreme end of the cemetery, behind the Cross of Sacrifice. Second World War burials number 165.

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