Charles Walter Hamilton Cochrane

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Charles Walter Hamilton Cochrane, MCS[disambiguation needed], CMG (3 August 1876 - 26 October 1932), was the 17th British Resident of Perak and Chief Secretary to Government of Malaya from 1929 to 1930.

Cochrane was the fourth son of Rev. David Crawford Cochrane and his wife Jane Elizabeth Tomlinson and was born at Barrow on Trent Vicarage. He was educated at Repton School where he was in the cricket XI and Merton College, Oxford where he graduated BA. In 1899, he joined the Federated Malay Civil Service as a cadet.[1] He played cricket for the Straits Settlements cricket team in 1904 and 1905 and occasionally for the Federated Malay States cricket team from 1907 to 1913.[2]

Cochrane was an agent for the Malaya Information Agency, and became Under Secretary to the Government in 1921 and then in 1925 political Adviser in Johore.[1] He became the 17th British Resident in Perak in 1929.[3] He was appointed as the Acting Chief Secretary to Government on 30 November 1930, when Sir William Peel was on leave and later confirmed his posting when he was made C.M.G.

Cochrane retired in 1932 and lived at 21 Cheyne Court Chelsea. He died aged 56 later that year at St Peter's Hospital, Henrietta Street Covent Garden. "Jalan Cochrane" in Kuala Lumpur was named after him and consequently Cochrane Road School and SMK Cochrane Perkasa take their names from him.

Cochrane married Cecile Laura Vetter (1885-1957), daughter of Carlos Vetter, on 26 July 1910 and had two children. Cochrane was the brother of Arthur Cochrane of the College of Arms, and Alfred Cochrane cricketer and writer.[1]