The Military Historical Society of Australia (Victorian Branch) is proud to conduct the inaugural Arthur Cobby Commemorative Oration in honour of Air Commodore Arthur (Harry) Cobby, CBE, DSO, DFC**, GM (1894-1955). His service with the 48th Infantry (Brighton Rifles); the 1st AIF (Australian Flying Corps) in WWI - where he became the AFC's top ace - and active service with the RAAF in WWII exemplified dedication, bravery and service.
The Arthur Cobby Commemorative Oration
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The MHSA (Victorian Branch Inc) proudly presented the inaugural Arthur Cobby Commemorative Oration - in honour of Air Commodore Arthur (Harry) Cobby, CBE, DSO, DFC**, GM (1894-1955) - on 24th June 2010. With nearly 100 attendees from the extended Cobby family headed by Mrs. Alison Steinberg and Mr. David Cobby, MHSA members, college history students, and a number of VIP and other invited guests such as Major-General David McLachlan, AO (State President of the Victorian RSL), it was a real community event and one which will become a significant night on the Branch calendar each year.
The inaugural Oration was delivered in a thoughtful and well-researched address by Air Marshal I B Gration, AO AFC (Rtd), the national patron of the MHSA. Air-Marshal Gration used the occasion to announce the appointment of a Victorian, Major-General Peter Haddad, AO, as a new Vice-patron for the MHSA as a whole.