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Cocker, David (1913–1925)

This afternoon David Cocker, aged 12 years, son of Mr D. Cocker, solicitor, was drowned in Distillery Creek near Launceston. A picnic party went to the creek during the afternoon and several of the boys went in bathing alongside a new dam that has been constructed. Cocker got out of his depth and was seen to be in difficulties. A lad, Harold Dell, went to his assistance but before he could reach the drowning boy Cocker disappeared. Attempts were made to recover the body by diving, and ultimately Miss Cocker, sister of the boy, who with others hurried to the scene, entered the water and succeeded in recovering the body. Attempts to restore respiration were persevered with for some time but without success.

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'Cocker, David (1913–1925)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/cocker-david-13669/text24440, accessed 18 May 2021.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

1913

Death

14 February 1925
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

drowned