Wilton Winstanley (Bill) COBB MC and Bar

COBB, Wilton Winstanley

Service Number: QX6223
Enlisted: 15 May 1940
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd/15th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 6 June 1917
Home Town: Winton, Winton, Queensland
Schooling: All Souls School, Charters Towers, Queensland
Occupation: Grazier/Station Overseer, Army Officer
Died: Killed in Action, Egypt, 23 October 1942, aged 25 years
Cemetery: El Alamein War Cemetery
Plot 1,Row A Grave 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Winton & District Roll of Honour WW2, Winton War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Captain, QX6223, 2nd/15th Infantry Battalion
15 May 1940: Enlisted
15 May 1940: Enlisted QX6223, 2nd/15th Infantry Battalion
23 Oct 1942: Discharged

Story from the Longreach Leader, 7th November, 1942


Capt. Wilton Winstanley Cobb, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. F.Cobb of Frensham, Winton, has been killed in action in the Middle East. Capt. Cobb, who was 25 years of age, received his secondary education at All Souls' School, Charters Towers and following that was engaged in the pastoral industry with his father. He was one of the first to enlist when war broke out and received promotion rapidly

In addition to the Military Cross and bar, he was awarded the Commander-in Chief's card for his work at Tobruk. Capt. Cobb won the Military Cross last year in the Middle East and recently he received a bar to the cross for bravery in leading his men into enemy territory on 4th August to identify troops facing the Australian positions.

This fine example of courage and resource was referred to by the British Prime Minister (Mr. Winston Churchill) in an address to the Australian troops during his visit to the Middle East.

Capt. Cobb was twice previously wounded in enemy action. A brother Lieut. Cobb, is with an Australian Commando unit and a sister is in the W.A.A..F. His wife was Miss Cynthia Molle, daughter of Major and Mrs. Molle, of Southport. and she is at present at a Queensland W.A.A..F. Station

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Father Frederick COBB   Mother Hannah Belle LLOYD

His father was a grazier from New Zealand  & his mother was born in Queensland

Married Cynthia Mary MOLLE on 29th June 1940 at St Andrews Church, Southport, Qld


Brother Frederick Pierce (Snow) COBB also served  -QX42392  (Lieutenant) He died 2nd February 1943 in Papua New Guinea