Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Private Albert Cobb, 2nd (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers), was killed in action on the Somme.
The only son of a dairy-man, he was employed as a paper-hanger after leaving school. He enlisted in the army at the outbreak of the Great War, saw service in Malta and then fought at Gallipoli in 1915. His battalion arrived at Marseilles in March of 1916 for service on the Western Front.
Operations on the Ancre took place from the 11th of January to the 13th of March in 1917, between the British Fifth Army and the German 1st Army. On the 28th of February, there was an attack launched on the Palz Trench, just east of Sailly-Saillisel on the Somme, the intention being to pin the Germans down while preparations were underway for a spring offensive at Arras. Private Cobb was killed during this attack, and lies buried in the Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery in France.
Albert, from Islington, was 24 years old.