Peter Cochrane, Scottish WWII army officer, Died at 96


James Aikman Cochrane was born on May 12, 1919, and died on December 5, 2015.

He was a Scottish soldier who was awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order during the Second World War.

James later had a career in book publishing and printing and wrote a well-received account of his wartime experiences.

James Aikman Cochrane was born in Glasgow on 12 May 1919, the only son of Margarita Cochrane and Major James Aikman Cochrane, who won the Military Cross and the Belgian Croix de Guerre avec Palme and Croix de Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopole. Peter had a younger sister Marigold.

His mother decided that he should be known as “Peter” to differentiate him from his father and a cousin.

James was educated at Loretto School in Edinburgh and then at Wadham College, Oxford University, where he read law, but left to join the army before he could graduate.

James Cochrane passed away in Edinburgh, on December 5, 2015.