Museum of the Manchester Regiment
The Men Behind the Medals

Alfred Cobain

Alfred Cobain :

Alfred Cobain : Allied Victory Medal

Allied Victory Medal

We don't know anything about Alfred's family or his early life.

He joined the Manchester Regiment in late 1908 or early 1909, and was given the service number 1454. As most men joined the Army for 7 years this would suggest he was still serving in 1914. He would have been a member of the 2nd Battalion, based at the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland.

The First World War broke out that August, and the 2nd Battalion was sent to France. It arrived on the 16th and was soon in action. It lost around 350 men on the 26th August at Le Cateau, and more later in 1914. We don't know why, but Albert did not join them until the 9th November. He was sent out to help bring the 2nd Battalion back up to strength.

At some point Alfred was transferred to an unknown battalion of the Border Regiment. He was given the new service number 44868. We don't know why Alfred was transferred.

Alfred survived the war, and in December 1941 he was living at 11 Alice Street in Hulme, Manchester. We don't know anything about the rest of his life.

As well as his Allied Victory Medal, Alfred was also awarded the 1914 Star and the British War Medal for his Army service.

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