Born: 1893, Aldham, Suffolk.

Died: 1st February 1916; age 23; Died of Wounds at 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.


Grave Reference:


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.

In 1901, their year old sister, Georgina Alice May Cobbold, born Ipswich, was living with their maternal uncle & aunt George Leek & Alice Maud Mary Leek (nee Laughlin), of 11, Sedan Street, Ipswich.


1911   20, Church Street, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


Charles was 18 years old, an Upholsterer. He and his 16 year old brother, John, a Motor Works Store Boy were 2 of the 23 boarders at the boarding house.

In 1911, Charles and John’s sister, Annie, was 14, and still an Inmate at St. John’s Home for Boys & Girls, Bloomfield Street, she was Home Training. Sister Georgina, 11, was living with their widowed aunt Alice Leek, cousins, their widowed maternal grandfather, and Alice’s widowed mother, at the family home, at No. 1, Hawes Street, Ipswich.

Mother: Annie Florence Cobbold (nee Leek), born 1876, Dennington, Suffolk – died January 1900, at 11, Sedan Street, Ipswich.


Father: Charles Herbert Cobbold, born 1873, Elmsett, Suffolk. In September 1900, North Shoebury, Essex, Charles married Sarah Jane Newborne. In 1901, they are residing with Sarah’s parents. In 1911, Charles and Sarah are living at Southend-on-Sea, Essex, with their four children.


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.

Soldiers’ Effects to John L. Cobbold, of 3, Jefferies Road, Ipswich – brother, and sisters – Florence A. Cobbold and Mrs. Georgina Alice May Hickin (wife of Charles William Hickin).





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