*Arthur 'Harry' Cobby

Bravery and Service – ‘Harry’ Cobby remembered


An invitation from the Military History Society of Australia, Victorian Branch Inc for their upcoming meeting:

An Australian war hero from Victoria, – Air Commodore Arthur ‘Harry’ Cobby – will be remembered by a special commemoration Oration on 24th June. Cobby saw service with the 48th Infantry (Brighton Rifles); the 1st AIF (Australian Flying Corps) in WWI – where he became Australia ’s top fighter ace – and then the RAAF through WWII. Cobby was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), won the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) three times and the George Cross for bravery during WWII, among other decorations.

Photo: Air Commodore Arthur ‘Harry’ Cobby [MHSA]

His life and times will be commemorated in an Oration delivered by Air Marshall Barry Gration, AO, AFC (Rtd) at the Oakleigh Mechanics Institute Hall in Drummond Street , Oakleigh from 7.30 pm on Thursday, 24th June. Cobby memorabilia will be on display.  The Oration has attracted a number of relatives, some of whom are coming from interstate to attend the Oration, which is expected to focus on aspects of Cobby’s leadership, bravery and service.

For more details of the presentation, see the MHSA Vic. Inc. website at http://mhsavictoria.tripod.com/index.html
contact Mr. Andrew Kilsby on 03 9563 0089


The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French Governments for affording Australian and British soldiers dignified individual reburials in the new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds the Australian and British Governments for their joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.

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