John James Cocker was born on 5th March 1876, he was baptised on 16th November 1877 the son of Ann Cocker, Buxton. The 1891 Census John was living with Mother Ann, 2 elder brothers Thomas & William, 2 younger sisters Mary & Matha at the home of William Gould, at Wormhill, Buxton. John served with the Royal Engineers Sapper 183815.
Sapper J Cocker of Waterswallows, Fairfield, is over on well-earned leave, and his many friends in the district are glad to see him looking fit. During the two years he has served with His Majesty’s Forces on the Western Front he has seen constant service, and has got through without mishap. It is hoped that now the fighting has ceased he may have the opportunity of returning to civil life in England. He has been heartily welcomed.
Reported in the Buxton Advertiser 23rd November 1918.