Yesterday, on Armistice Day, John Whittingdale laid a cross in the Speakers Constituency Garden of Remembrance in Parliament, to pay tribute to Ben Cobey – and all those from the Maldon constituency who gave their lives defending our freedom. Each Member of Parliament has been invited by the Speaker to place a tribute in the first “Constituency Garden of Remembrance”.
Driver Ben Cobey from Maldon was a member of the gun crew killed at Mons, on 26th August 1914. While his three colleagues each received the Victoria Cross, he was not recognised possibly because he was born out of wedlock. Learn more about Ben Cobey.
John Whittingdale said “I am very pleased to pay this tribute to Ben Cobey whose bravery is at last now being recognised as well as all those who from the Maldon Constituency who have given their lives in two World Wars and since. I am grateful to the Speaker for creating the Garden and look forward to participating in the ceremonies this Remembrance Sunday both in Maldon and at Stow Maries Aerodrome.”