Born at Christchurch on 11 August 1914, he practiced rugby during his youth, playing several times with the Province of Canterbury and obtaining a selection with the All Blacks (No. 430), on 14 August 1937 (victory against the Springboks). He joined the Royal Air Force in August 1938 with a Short Service Commission. After being assigned to No. 3 Squadron, he join No. 615 (County of Surrey) Squadron between 8 September and 6 October 1939. Transferred to No.74 Squadron, he was killed in fight with Bf.110 on 11 August 1940. He is buried in the cemetery of Ostend in Belgium.
Battle of Britain London Monument – Pilot Officer D.G. Cobden : http://www.bbm.org.uk/Cobden.htm [Consulté le 8 avril 2016] ; All Blacks – Donald Cobden : http://stats.allblacks.com/asp/Profile.asp?ABID=156 [Consulté le 8 avril 2016] ; Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Cobden, Donald Gordon : http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2081892/COBDEN,%20DONALD%20GORDON [Consulté le 8 avril 2016] ; London Gazette (The) – 14 november 1939 : https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34733/page/7642 [Consulté le 8 avril 2016].