12200940854?profile=originalSeveral years ago I came into possession of two tin trunks that were found in the attic of an old house in my hometown of Sarnia, ON.  One trunk was full of correspondence and the other was full of glass and film negatives.  After much reading and additional research, I was able to identify the photographer as being Royal Naval Commander Arthur FitzGerald Cochrane (1888-1967), the son of William Edward Cochrane (1858-1929) and Evelyn (1858-1908). 

William Cochrane was a part-owner of a cattle ranch near Calgary, Alberta, Canada and the Cochranes spent their time between Britain and Canada, where Arthur was born.  Arthur received his early education at Ashdown House, then continued at The Limes, where he trained as a cadet.  The majority of the negatives I have cover his time as a cadet.  He was quite a prolific photographer and in most cases, my scans could be better.

Here are a few examples:








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  • Hello John.
    Thanks for getting back to me. If you have any photos to do with the naval college, you could send, that would be great. As we are doing a display in the church. The pipes on the organ, have been sent away, to have the original pattern painted back on (you can still see it). If you go on YouTube, and look for East Cowes Methodist church, you will see and here the organ.
    Also will gladly send you photos of the organ.


  • Hello Gary - sorry for the tardy reply - sadly, I haven't any other photos that show the organ.  I would be interesting in seeing a photo of the restored organ, sounds like an exciting project.

    I hope this finds you well,


  • Hello.

    Do you have any more photos of the chapel. (Above photo)? As I am looking into the history of the chapel organ in the photo! The reason for this, is the organ now stands in my local Methodist church, and we are trying to restore it, to its former glory. But we need photos of it. Any help would be great! 



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