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Cobham, Sir Alan John (1894–1973), aviator

H. J. Penrose

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

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Cobham, Sir Alan John (1894–1973), aviator, was born on 6 May 1894 at Camberwell, London, the only child to survive of Frederick Cobham, a tailor, and his wife, Elizabeth Burrows. He attended a local council school and Wilson's Grammar School and then started work in a clothes store. In 1912 he became a pupil farmhand. He was a warehouse employee when the First World War was declared. Promptly enlisting, he served as an artillery NCO veterinary assistant in ...

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