Col. John Murray (Ivan) COBBOLD DL JP

Born1897 Holywells, Ipswich, Suffolk
Died1944 Guard's Chapel, London
FatherJohn Dupuis COBBOLD DL JP (1861 – 1929)
MotherLady Evelyn MURRAY DL JP (1867 – 1963)
Occupation8th generation Brewer. Founder of Ipswich Town Football Club

Biography and Notes

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

Life Events

1919Married Lady Blanche Katharine CAVENDISH JP in Guard's Chapel, London
1920Birth of daughter Pamela Maud COBBOLD
1921Birth of daughter Jean COBBOLD
1927Birth of son John (Johnny) Cavendish COBBOLD
1929Death of father John Dupuis COBBOLD DL JP
1934Birth of son Patrick Mark COBBOLD

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