Remembering along with Kew Gardens staff, the Cobbold family and The Rifle Brigade / Rifles, the 100th anniversary of the death on 3rd October 2016 on the Somme of Sergeant Sydney George Cobbold, 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was a Kewite on the Gardens staff of Kew Gardens from 1906 to 1908.
His CWGC entry lists his headstone inscription from his father Maurice as “His Country Called / He Answered” and a TWGPP photo exists of his headstone. Sidney / Sydney was the son of Maurice and Anna Cobbold, of Woolpit, Suffolk where he was born.
He is buried at Grave Reference II. B. 7, Le Fermont Military Cemetery, Rivière, a front line cemetery of 80 burials begun by the 55th (West Lancashire) Division in March 1916 and closed in March 1917.
Looking at the Graves Registration GRU documents, it appears that on the same day that Sgt Cobbold was killed, 4 other 8th Rifle Brigade were killed and buried in the same plot 2 Row B of this front line cemetery alongside him – Rifleman L.J. Farr, W.G. Kittle, Benjamin Gordon (Jewish star in place of a cross) and fellow sergeant J.R. Aspden, Military Medal. Cobbold lies among his comrades and his men.
Read more about him and the other Kew WW1 casualties on their staff war memorial:
It was partly thanks to Sarah, one of his Cobbold relatives, that I first became aware of the Kew Gardens staff war memorial.
James Wearn at Kew has written an article on Sydney Cobbold with help form Sarah and myself for the Rifle Brigade regimental magazine.
So he is not forgotten by his regiment, his family or his workplace.