Born: 28th January 1897, Holy Wells, Ipswich.

Died: 11:20am – 18th June 1944; age: 47; killed when a doodlebug hit the Guard’s Chapel during Sunday morning service.

Residence: Glemham Hall, Glemham, Suffolk.



Rank: Lieutenant Colonel; Service Number: 110300.

Regiment: Scots Guards – employed with the American forces.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 1.

Golders Green Crematorium,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of John Dupuis Cobbold, D.L., & Lady Evelyn Cobbold; husband of Lady Blanche Cobbold, of Glemham Hall, Suffolk. D.L., J.P., Sheriff of Suffolk.



1901   Holy Wells, Ipswich.


John was 4 years old and living with his father & sisters.

John Dupuis Cobbold, 40, a Brewer – employer, born The Cliff, Ipswich.

Winifred Evelyn Cobbold, 9, born Mayfair, London.

Pamela Cobbold, 1, born Holy Wells, Ipswich.

1 housekeeper

1 footman

1 nurse

1 nurse maid

1 kitchen maid

1 scullery maid

1 house maid

1 house boy

1 coachman

1 groom

On the 1901 census John’s mother, Lady Evelyn Cobbold (nee Murray), 33, was a visitor to 25 year old, Magdalene Meiklejohn a Club Secretary at 66, George Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland.


John attended Ipswich School and Eton.

John Served in WW1 With the Scots Guards.

John Dupuis Cobbold  Mayor of Ipswich 1914-15

John’s father, John Dupuis Cobbold was the son of John Patteson Cobbold, a J.P & M.P and Adela Harriette Cobbold (nee Dupuis). He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge – graduating B.A. in 1883. He succeeded his grandfather John Chevallier Cobbold in October 1882 to become head of the firm of Cobbold & Son, brewers. John was Deputy Lieutenant for Suffolk and High Sheriff in 1901. In 1914 – 1915 he was the Mayor of Ipswich. John was an excellent tennis player and hunter, and travelled extensively. He died 1929, at Holy Wells, Ipswich, and was laid to rest at Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk.

John’s mother, Lady Evelyn Cobbold was the eldest daughter of Charles Adolphus Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore & Lady Gertrude Coke. Lady Evelyn was a Scottish aristocrat, a Mayfair socialite, an accomplished angler and deerstalker and had a lust for travel (many times a lone). She found the life of domesticity hard in the sedate surroundings of Ipswich. In 1922, Lady Evelyn and her husband John Cobbold separated, but never were formally divorced. The Cobbold family arranged a generous financial settlement, including the Glencarron Estate, Wester Ross, Ross & Cromarty. From a young age Lady Evelyn felt a strong attachment to the religion of Islam. In 1933, (now known as ) Lady Zainab became the first Muslim woman in Britain to perform the Hajj Pilgrimage. A personal account of her trip was published “Pilgrimage to Mecca.” Lady Zainab died in January 1963, and as she had stipulated she was laid to rest on a hillside within her Glencarron Estate with her face facing the east and Mecca.

Lady Blanche Cobbold was the President of The Soldiers Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA) throughout WW2.

Glemhan Hall

The Cobbold family purchased Glemham Hall in 1923 from the 8th Earl of Guildford. The Grade I listed red brick Elizabethan mansion surrounded by 300 acres of parkland became the family home of Ivan & Lady Blanche. The current owner is a member of the Cobbold family.

Sunday, 18th June 1944

On Sunday, 18th June 1944, at 11am, the Bishop of Maidstone, Leslie Hay was taking the service at The Chapel of the Guards, Wellington Barracks, St. James Park, London. The service was to give thanks for the success of the Normandy Landings, it was also the anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. The congregation was an international mix of aristocracy, military, civilians, families and friends. The lesson had just been read by Lord Edward Douglas John Hay when a distant buzzing of a V1 was heard, it grew louder and louder and turned into a roar overhead. The engine cut out and the V1 glided down and exploded onto the chapel. The roof, supporting walls and pillars collapsed burying the congregation in 10ft of rubble. Ivan was one of over hundred killed. The operation to free the survivors took 48 hours.

John is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial and the Rannoch war memorial on the East bank of Loch Rannoch, Scotland.

Photographs and extra information courtesy of Anthony

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