COBLEY, Victor Charles

Lance Corporal
Devonshire Regiment
Police Intake: 
Plymouth City Police
Service numbers: 
Honours & Awards: 
May 1918

Victor Cobley served in the Heavy Weapons Troop of No 2 Commando. See this image : HWT Gibraltar 1943

In 1944 he received a commission as 2/Lt and was allocated a new s/n 311312.
[Source: LG Publication date: 18 April 1944, Supplement: 36478, Page: 1825]
He rejoined the Police after the war. Constable 273 Cobley joined the Plymouth City Police on 3 April 1939 and rose to the rank of Chief Inspector at the time of his retirement from the Devon & Cornwall Constabulary on 30 September 1969. [Source: The Call of Duty. Campion 1997 page 26.]

Awarded the BEM whilst a Police Constable with the Plymouth City Police.
"When a building at Plymouth was partly demolished by high explosive bombs, Constable Cobley worked hard and intelligently to rescue the casualties. He then helped to release several persons trapped in the basement of a private house. Completing this task, and whilst bombing was still active, he attended to the wants of victims bombed out of their homes.

Further bombs dropped during this period and the Constable, with assistance, extricated three persons from a house that had received a direct hit and was on fire. This rescue was particularly hazardous and necessitated working with the greatest possible speed. Cobley continued his work, exhibiting a conspicuously high standard of conduct generally during the period of the raid." [Source:  LG Publication date: 22 July 1941; Supplement 35226; Page 4254 ]

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