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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Vlamertinghe New Military cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Newark
Alfred Cobb was born in 1890 at Newark and was the son of Frederick Thomas an engine driver and Annie Elizabeth Cobb née Caudwell of 74 Sleaford Road Newark. His father Frederick Thomas was born in 1861 at Newark, his mother Annie Elizabeth Caudwell was born in 1895 at North Scarle, Lincolnshire, they were married in 1881 at Newark they went on to have 7 children however 1 died in infancy or early childhood, their children were , William Henry b1884, James b1886, Alfred b1890, Arthur b1891, Frederick 1897 and Susan b1898 (she was an adopted daughter) all were born in Newark. In the 1911 census the family are living at 74 Sleaford Road, Newark and are shown as Frederick Thomas 50 yrs an engine driver, he is living with his wife Annie Elizabeth 52 yrs and their children William Henry 27 yrs a bone sorter, James 25 yrs a labourer, Alfred 21 yrs a labourer,, Arthur 20 yrs unable to work, an imbecile, Susan 13 yrs adopted daughter scholar, also living with them is their grandson Freddie 3 yrs of age.
Attended the Mount School after which he worked for two years at Messrs. Quibells. Followed by three years at the GNR engine shed.
04 Oct 1917
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Corporal
Royal Field Artillery
Corporal Alfred Cobb enlisted at Newark, he served with ""A"" Bty. 298th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He landed in France on 19th August 1914. He was killed in action on 4th October 1917 and is buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Article published 24th October 1917 in the Newark Advertiser :- Son of Mr & Mrs Cobb, 74 Sleaford Road, Newark. Attended the Mount School after which he worked for two years at Messrs. Quibells. Followed by three years at the GNR engine shed, before transfer to Retford to await a position as a stoker. Went out to France as an ‘Old Contemptible’ and took part in the retreat from Mons. Twice wounded, in July 1916 & Jan. 1917. Went out to France again in Feb. 1917. Killed instantly by a shell. Brother Pte James Cobb, served in Durham Light Infantry and later, the Labour Corps.
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Vlamertinghe New Military cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Alfred Cobb - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Vlamertinghe New Military cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle