Friday, 8 March 2013

Private Charles Joseph Cobb

Born on 1 April 1896 in Derby, Nottinghamshire, England - brother of Ernest Cobb, Kingston, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as labourer, single, no current military service, previously served 2.5 years with the 14th Regiment Princess of Wales' Own Rifles, Methodist, height of 5 feet 6 inches, chest of 34 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, brown eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 12 November 1915 (number 724594) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Cobb's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,; Peter Gower (comp.), Kingston Volunteers: The Thing To Do (Kingston: n.p., 2008), p.37)

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