Born: 1893, Aldham, Suffolk.
Died: 1st February 1916; age 23; Died of Wounds – No. 10. Stationary Hospital, St. Omer.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 16th January 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 8276; Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 – 1915 Star.
Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery,
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Herbert Cobbold of Ipswich.
1901 St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Bloomfield Street, Ipswich
Charles was 8 years old, he and his siblings were together as Inmates at the Workhouse School.
John Levi Cobbold, 7, born Ipswich.
Annie Florence Cobbold, 5, born Ipswich.
1911 20, Church Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.
Charles was 18 years old, an Upholsterer. He was 1 of 23 boarders at the boarding house.
Charles’s mother was Annie Florence Cobbold (nee Leek), born 1876, Dennington, Suffolk – died 1900, Ipswich. His father was Charles Herbert Cobbold, born 1873, Cosford, Suffolk.
St John’s Children’s Home
A separate home for pauper children was first proposed by Ipswich Union in around 1870. This was an unusual step for non-metropolitan unions at this time, and may have been the result of space shortage at the Great Whip Street workhouse. Plans were produced in 1871 and 1873 for a long building with a central block flanked by separate wings containing boys’ and girls’ accommodation. The building, eventually erected at Bloomfield Street in 1879, accommodated 80 boys and 50 girls. The boys were taught to work on the land, and in tailoring and shoe-making. The girls were taught needlework and other household skills to equip them for domestic service. A small infirmary was later added.