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Horace Falconer Cobb

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Portrait from In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School], 1919[?] - No known copyright restrictions
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Horace Falconer AWMM
  • Surname
    Cobb AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Pompey Cobb AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 11/222 AWMM
    • WWI 2/222A AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Kumeroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Robert Cobb (father), Otaki, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWI 11/222 AWMM
    • WWI 2/222A AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    Citation for Mentioned in Despatches (MID): "Operations from 20th September 1916 to 26th February 1917. During the period that the New Zealand Artillery was at the Somme this N.C.O. displayed great courage under fire. On one occasion he guided ammunition wagons to the advanced position of the Battery in Devil's Valley, five hundred yards west of Delville Wood, when the roads were almost impassable owing to heavy shelling. Again on a later date he acted as guide and showed great courage and resource in guiding his wagons successfully through heavy barrage fire and in helping teams in distress. His gallantry and devotion to duty were an example to the other men." (London Gazette, 1 June 1917, p. 5429, Rec. No. 598) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    11 October 1917 AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Robert and Ann Ellen Cobb, of Otaki, Wellington.

    "Was well known in the Kumeroa district, having farmed there from the date of his leaving school. He went with the Main Body W.M.R., and in Egypt transferred to the 4th Battery, N.Z.F.A., thinking that he would have a better chance of reaching Gallipoli. Commonly known as 'Pompey,' he was a splendid soldier, keen, capable, and brave, and his death was a grief to the whole battery. Letters from which it is impossible to quote in full all speak of his extraordinary calm demeanour and great courage in the face of frightful odds. He never succeeded in landing on Gallipoli, being in charge of horses, though several attempts were made. Leaving for France he took part in all engagements from the Somme to Passchendaele, where he was killed on October 11th, 1917, while leading a gun up to an exposed position in support of the infantry during a very big push." (In Memoriam, 1914-1918 [Wanganui Collegiate School]) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    11 October 1917 AWMM
    Age 28 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Divisional Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM M.17. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Woodville War Memorial, Fountaine Square, Woodville, New Zealand AWMM

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • In Memoriam, 1914-1918. (1919).Wanganui, N.Z.: Collegiate School. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2001). Honours and awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. Napier, N.Z.: Helen McDonald. AWMM
      McDonald, H. (2001). p. 64. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 135 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2015). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-3). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • HMNZT 6. Orari tatler : a souvenir of the voyage of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force from Wellington to Alexandria, Oct. 16th-Dec. 3rd, 1914. (1915). [Cairo, Egypt]: Whitehead, Morris and Co. (Egypt) Ltd. AWMM
    • NZWGT: Information supplied by the New Zealand War Graves Trust as part of the New Zealand War Graves project. This project was established in 2006 to record in text and photographs the 31,758 New Zealanders who have been identifed as serving with New Zealand or Allied forces, and who died in conflicts from the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) up to the present day and in peacekeeping operations. AWMM
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