Born: 25th September 1887, Shelfanger, Norfolk.

Baptised: 9th September 1889, at All Saint’s Church, Shelfanger, Norfolk – parents: Alice & Robert Henry Cobb, a Man Servant. Address: Shelfanger. During the same Baptism service Robert’s paternal cousin was also baptised – Bertha Spa Cobb, born 16th January 1888 – her parents: Sarah Ann & Weston Chilvers Cobb, a Carpenter.

Died: 26th June 1915; age: 28; at Ipswich Isolation Hospital – Tuberculosis of Lungs. Served 10 years & 241 days.

Residence: 25, Victoria Street, Ipswich.

Employed: from January 1910, with the Great Eastern Railways, at Ipswich, as a Permanent Way Labourer.

Enlistment Details: Location: Colchester, Essex; Date: 17th October 1904; Age: 18 years & 10 months; Occupation: Painter; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 6 1/4ins, fresh complexion, hazel eyes & brown hair. Tattoo: E.M. left forearm.

Robert was a reservist in the York & Lancaster Regiment and was called to the Colours at the outbreak of war.

Date of Entry Therein: 9th September 1914.



Home – 17th October 1904 – 7th December 1905

India – 18th December 1905 – 25th October 1907

Home – October 1907 – 30th October 1907

Reserves 31st October 1907 – 4th August 1914

Home – 5th August 1914 – 7th September 1914

France – 8th September 1914 – 10th December 1914

Home – 11th December 1914 – 14th June 1915.

Invalided home: 11th December 1914.


Discharged: 14th June 1915 – Hylton Castle, Sunderland – Totally Incapacity – due to active service and exposure in tunnels causing chills followed by Acute Bronchitis and Tuberculosis of Lungs.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 7993.

Regiment: York & Lancaster Regiment, 3rd Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.


Grave Reference:

Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1891   Chandler Hill, Shelfanger, Norfolk.

Robert was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert Harry Cobb, 25, a General Labourer, born Shelfanger.

Annie Cobb, 27, born Thursden, Norfolk.

Alice Harriet Leah Cobb, 5, born Ipswich.

Lilie Elizabeth Cobb, 2, born Shelfanger.


1901   37, Barrack Street, Colchester, Essex.

Robert was 14 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his father, siblings, step mother & step brothers.

Robert, 34, a Groom.

Louisa Martha Cobb, 26, born Ipswich.

Alice, 15, a General Domestic Servant.

John Henry Cobb, 9, born Farnsfield, Norfolk.

Charles Stempson Edgar Cobb, 1, born Ipswich.

Raymond Herbert Baden Powell Cobb, 5 months, born Colchester, Essex.


Robert’s mother, Annie Cobb, died 1896, Tendring, Essex.


On the 27th May 1912, All Saint’s Church, Ipswich, Robert married Ellen May Orvis, born 1st May 1891, Ipswich.

They had 2 sons:

Robert Frederick Cobb, born 8th February 1914, Ipswich

George Henry Cobb, born 20th October 1915, Ipswich.


Robert is also remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London.

Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society

 York & Lancaster Regiment, 3rd Battalion:

One Comment

  • I haven’t been on this page as i printed off the information a few years ago…. how wonderful to see a photograph of Robert at last…. he was the first husband of my Grandmother Ellen … Thank you so much for doing such a fabulous job


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