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Full Name: Donald Gordon Cobden
Rank Last Held: Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Forename(s): Donald Gordon
Surname: Cobden
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 41552
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 11 August 1914
Place of Birth: Christchurch, New Zealand
Enlistment Date: August 1938
Age on Enlistment: 24
Military District: England
Body on Embarkation: Royal Air Force (RAF)
Embarkation Unit: 3 Squadron
Embarkation Date: 2 September 1939
Other Units:
  • 615 Squadron
  • 74 Squadron
Military Training: Posted to 5FTS (Flying Training School), Sealand 28.1.39
  • Battle of France
  • Battle of Britain
Military Awards: 1939-45 Star (Battle of Britain clasp)
Last Unit Served: Royal Air Force, 74 Squadron
Place of Death: Over the English Channel
Date of Death: 11 August 1940
Age at Death: 26
Year of Death: 1940
Cause of Death: Shot down by German aircraft
Cemetery Name: Oostende New Communal Cemetery, Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference: Plot 9. Row 3. Grave 24.
Biographical Notes:
  • Donald Cobden was the son of Alfred Palmerston Cobden and Mabel Elizabeth Cobden, of Papanui, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
  • Educated at Christchurch Boys High School 1927-31
  • All Black in 1937
  • He was killed on his 26th birthday
Additional Information:
  • Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981).
  • The Battle of Britain: 10 July - 31 October 1940
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland, The Author.
  • website All Blacks A to Z
  • Chester, R., McMillan, N. & Palenski, R. (2005). The encyclopedia of New Zealand rugby. Auckland, N.Z. : Hodder Moa. (4th ed.)
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