Colin Cockcroft

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Colin Royden Cockcroft
Born (1917-10-04)4 October 1917
Dordrecht, Eastern Cape
Died 5 December 1987(1987-12-05) (aged 70)
Allegiance South Africa
Rank Lieutenant General
Spouse(s) Ellen Cornelia Johanna Peacock

Lieutenant-General Colin Cockcroft SSA SM (4 October 1917 – 1987)[1] was a South African military commander. A medical doctor, he served as Surgeon General from 1969 to 1977.

Early career[edit]

He obtained a MbChb degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1946 and later obtained a master's degree in pediatrics from the University of Pretoria[1]

Military career[edit]

He joined the South African Army's medical corps in 1947 but later resigned in 1948. He served in 5 & 7 Field Ambulance in the Citizen Force until he joined the Permanent Force in 1960.[2][3]

He commanded 1 Military Hospital (Pretoria), served as Deputy Surgeon General and later commanded the centralised South African Medical Service, as Surgeon-General, from 1969 to 1977, before he retired[3]

Awards and Decorations[edit]

Other work[edit]

He also served on the South African Medical and Dental Council and was a member of the South African Academy of Art and Science. on 1 December 1973 he was appointed the first Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Pretoria[4]


Military offices
Preceded by
Eugene Raymond
Chief of the South African Military Health Service
1969 – 1977
Succeeded by
Nicolaas Nieuwoudt