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Donald Gordon Cobden

Headstone of Pilot Officer Donald Gordon Cobden (41552). Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. New Zealand War Graves Trust (BEDC7571). CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Headstone of Pilot Officer Donald Gordon Cobden (41552). Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, W …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Cobden AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 41552 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 August 1914 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Posted to 5FTS (Flying Training School), Sealand 28.1.39 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War Aug 1938 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM EnglandUnited Kingdom AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Shot down by German aircraft AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Donald Cobden was the son of Alfred Palmerston Cobden and Mabel Elizabeth Cobden, of Papanui, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    Educated at Christchurch Boys High School 1927-31

    All Black in 1937

    He was killed on his 26th birthday

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    11 August 1940 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM Plot 9. Row 3. Grave 24. AWMM
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  • Obituary
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09 June 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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