John Henry Walter Cobb, MC



Apr 4, 1896

Born at Woolwich Middlesex England


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59173 (temporary number 506)

o       He originally attested under the name Harry Cobb, but this was later changed officially in the file to John Henry Walter Cobb

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. S. Cobb (mother) of 585 Division St, Peterboro Ontario

o       Changed to 547 George St., then to 223 London St., then to 360 Stewart St., all of Peterboro Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Chauffeur”

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 57th Infantry Regiment, Peterboro

Ø      Religion given as “Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Sep 8, 1915

Promoted to Lance Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkestone and disembarked at Boulogne France


Apr 1, 1916

Promoted to Corporal


Apr 16, 1916

Attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade Trench Mortar Battery


Apr 26, 1916

Left 21st Battalion to join the 4th Bde Trench Mortar Battery


Apr 14, 1917

Wounded in right eyelid and admitted to No 13 Stationary Hospital


Apr 15, 1917

Admitted to No 1 Convalescent Hospital


Apr 16, 1917

Declared fit and released to Base Details


Jul 1, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) with view to obtaining a commission


Jul 3, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) EORD


Jul 7, 1917

On Command the OTC (Officer Training Corps) at Bexhill


Sep 1, 1917

Commissioned as an Officer and SOS EORD and posted to 6th Reserve Battalion


Sep 2, 1917

To be Temporary Lieutenant with 6th Reserve Battalion


Nov 23, 1917

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on being drafted to 21st Battalion


Nov 24, 1917

Arrived at #2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS 21st Battalion


Dec 24, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field and attached to the 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery


May 13, 1918

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #30681



Jun 8, 1918

SOS 21st Battalion on being seconded to, and TOS 4th Light Trench Mortar Battery for duty.


Jun 14, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jul 4, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Aug 9, 1918

To be Acting Captain while commanding the 4th Cdn Lt Trench Mortar Battery


Oct 30, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Feb 9, 1919

To be Temporary Captain in EORD


Apr 3, 1919

Proceeded to “P” Wing, Canadian Concentration Camp Witley


Apr 24, 1919

SOS 21st Battalion and proceeded to 2nd Cdn Divisional Pool Witley, and TOS “N” Wing


Jun 14, 1919

SOS “N” Wing on embarking the SS Aquitania at Southampton, for Canada



Jun 20, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jun 25, 1919

SOS the CEF on being demobilized



British War Medal and the Victory Medal were sent to 360 Stewart St., Peterboro Ontario 

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