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Cobden, R

Queant Road British Cemetery

Queant Road British Cemetery, Buissy.

Born at St Helier. Youngest son of the late William Cobden. Brother of Charles Cobden of 50 New St., St Helier, Jersey.

Killed in action, aged 51 years.

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 24 May 1918

Roll of Honour. A gallant Jersey colonial, who though well over the military age joined the Australian Imperial Force, is now presumed to have been killed in action, we refer to Richard Cobden son of the late Mr William Cobden. This Jerseyman joined the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1882 and served in India, Burma, Egypt and South Africa and on retiring from the Army he settled in Australia, and joined up there in 1914. He helped in the capture of German New Guinea and in 1917 proceeded to France. He was reported missing on 3 May 1917 and a court of enquiry has now presumed that he made the supreme sacrifice on that date. The late gallant veteran, who was 52 at the time of his death, was the brother of Messrs E and C Cobden to whom, with the other members of the family, we tender our sincere sympathy.

Australian service records

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record



Richard Cobden

Private Richard Cobden
22nd Battalion, Australian Infantry

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Friday 24 May 1918

Served 12 years in Northumberland Fusiliers.

Previous service: Boy 2nd Class, HMS St Vincent, 12 years in the Northumberland Fusiliers of which he served 7 years in India.

His Australian attestation papers suggest that that he gave an incorrect age on enlistment.


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