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Trooper John Cobb

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Cobb

Ancestor's date of birth: 22/07/1857

Ancestor's date of death: 03/02/1901

Cause of Death: Cerebral haemorrhage, respiratory failure. Died shortly after returning from active service.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Not known

Service Number: 50

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Not known

Unit: 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Died soon after returning from the Boer War

Murray Page: 468

Contingent: Third Queensland

Ship: Duke of Portland, Date of Sailing: 03/03/1900

Memorial details: Toowoong Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Relief of Mafeking and Transvaal clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Not known

Reasons to go and fight: Not known

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including relief of Mafeking (16-17 May 1900), defeat at Koster River (22 July 1900) and defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), and advance on Pietersburg

Service and life after the Boer War: After returning from active service to Sydney, NSW, John travelled to Brisbane in order to resign from the army but died shortly after in a Brisbane hospital.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Michael Scott Cobb, GYMPIE QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew. (my grandfather's brother)


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