The sixth John Cobbold, grandson of the Earl of Dunmore, must have vexed his parents for he was nicknamed 'Ivan the terrible.' It stuck and he was known as Ivan for the rest of his life. He joined the Scots Guards in 1915, was injured but not seriously in France and left the army at the end of the war.
He was a keen sportsman and as one of the best shots in the country it was a pursuit he shared with King George VI. He joined the family brewing business and was present at the 200th anniversary celebrations on 30th July 1923 at Holywells succeeding to the chairmanship on his father's death in 1929.
Following a chance meeting with Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, Chairman of Arsenal and a visit to Highbury 'Capt.' Ivan (as he then was) put up the money necessary for Ipswich Town Football Club to turn professional. The amateur club had been founded in 1878 by the boys of Ipswich School under the presidency of Thomas Clement Cobbold MP (1833-1883) his great uncle, with a distinctive Corinthian culture which survives to this day.
WWII saw him back in uniform now with the rank of Colonel only to be tragically killed when a doodlebug hit the Guards Chapel during Sunday morning service on 18th June 1944. Ironically it was in that same chapel that he had married Lady Blanche, daughter of the 9th Duke of Devonshire. They had just celebrated their Silver Wedding.
Anthony Cobbold 2006
|1919||Married Lady Blanche Katharine CAVENDISH JP in Guard's Chapel, London|
|1920||Birth of daughter Pamela Maud COBBOLD|
|1921||Birth of daughter Jean COBBOLD|
|1927||Birth of son John (Johnny) Cavendish COBBOLD|
|1929||Death of father John Dupuis COBBOLD DL JP|
|1934||Birth of son Patrick Mark COBBOLD|