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Former Coxswain Thomas Cocking on the 200 Voices podcast
200 Voices an RNLI podcast

‘I owe it to the casualty to give him the best I’ve got’

Episode 47 - Unswerving Loyalty: Thomas Cocking

For most of the RNLI’s existence, a member of the Cocking family has been in it – sometimes paying the ultimate sacrifice.

The RNLI has been at the heart of the Cocking family for over 150 years. In 1939, tragedy stuck the family when former St Ives Coxswain Thomas Cocking’s great-grandfather perished at sea, along with the great-grandfather’s son and son-in-law. Despite this, the family’s commitment to the RNLI continued.

In this archive recording, Thomas talks about the strong RNLI family tradition that has saved countless lives.