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Born in Ballarat, Victoria and a Carpenter by occupation, William Peter Cochrane was 22 years and single when enlisted on the 11th of January 1916 in the 21st Battalion, 10th Reinforcement, Australian Imperial Force, with the rank of Private, Number 4084. His Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 'Wiltshire' on the 7th of March 1916. On the 19th of September 1916 admitted to hospital – Ring Hernia, Boulogne and transferred to Australian Causality Clearing Station on the 23rd of September 1916. On the 9th of December 1916 embarked for England Inguinal Right Hernia, Havre. On the 15th of October 1917 admitted Military Hospital – Scabies, Fargo. On the 31st of July 1917 reverts to ranks on Marching in to 9th Training Battalion, Durrington, England. On the 1st of September 1918 admitted to Hospital Gunshot wound back severe, France; on the 21st of October 1918 admitted to Gunshot wound Chest, Harefield. Embarked return to Australia per 'D32' for Gunshot wound Chest for change from England on the 20th of November 1918. Tree No. 2670