This is the largest number of brothers from one family serving in the war that has been found in West Lothian. Is this a record for Scotland?
On 6 August 1915, the West Lothian Courier reported:
Mrs Murphy, School Rows, Fauldhouse, has been notified of the death in hospital of her brother, Private Alexander Cochrane, 2nd Royal Scots. Private Cochrane (one of six brothers serving with the colours) enlisted three months before the outbreak of the war, and went to France with the Expeditionary Force, and was in the firing line for nine months before being wounded on July 13. He succumbed to his injuries on July 22.
The other brothers serving are – Private James Cochrane, 2nd Gordon Highlanders, a reservist, called up in August last, now a prisoner of war in Senni Lager. He was through the Boer War and holds two medals. Private Wm. Cochrane, R.G.A., also Reservist, was in Australia when war broke out, and is now in France; Private Henry Cochrane enlisted at the outbreak of the war in the 8th A. And S. Highlanders; Private Thomas Cochrane, 2nd Royal Scots, was in the service two years previous to the war. He went to France with the Expeditionary Force, and was in the retreat from Mons. He is now a prisoner of war. Pte. G. Cochrane enlisted two months ago in McCrae’s 16th Battalion Royal Scots.
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