Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn
|Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn|
19 November 1867|
|Died||12 July 1913
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
|Buried at||St James Cemetery, Toronto|
|Years of service||1897 - 1913|
|Unit||The Royal Canadian Dragoons|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
Major Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn VC (19 November 1867 – 12 July 1913) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Cockburn was 32 years old, and a lieutenant in The Royal Canadian Dragoons, Canadian Army during the Second Boer War when the action took place for which he was awarded the VC. He was one of three men from his regiment (the other were Lieutenant Richard Ernest William Turner and Sergeant Edward James Gibson Holland) who were awarded the VC for actions on 7 November 1900 during the Battle of Leliefontein at the Komati River, South Africa. The citations were published in the London Gazette of 23 April 1901. His read:
Lieutenant Cockburn, with a handful of men, at a most critical moment held off the Boers to allow the guns to get away; to do so he had to sacrifice himself and his party, all of whom were killed, wounded, or taken prisoners, he himself being slightly wounded.
Cockburn's VC and sword were displayed in the lobby of Upper Canada College. In 1977, due to a number of recent thefts and "losses" of Victoria Cross medals the school replaced the VC with a top grade copy and moved the original to their bank safety deposit box.
- The London Gazette: . 23 April 1901. Retrieved 31 October 2009.
- "The Royal tour" The Times (London). Saturday, 12 October 1901. (36584), p. 5.
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War (Ian Uys, 20