Second Lieutenant John George Cosson

Service Number 2454
Birth Date 09 May 1866
Birth Place United Kingdom: England, Essex
Death Date 07 August 1916
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres
Final Rank Second Lieutenant
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 30 November 1916 on page 3234 at position 27
London Gazette 13 July 1916 on page 6955 at position 40

John George Cosson was born at Barnes, England during 1866 to parents John and Eliza. He immigrated to Australia at the age of eight and married Elizabeth Mackenzie in 1900. A tobacconist by trade, he enlisted at Perth on 12 May 1915. At the age of 49, he joined the 16th Infantry Battalion with the rank of private and departed Fremantle aboard HMAT Chilka on 18 June 1915. Two nephews, Private Frederick Arthur Kinsey and Private Harry Cosson, also served during the First World War. Cosson was wounded at the battle of Lone Pine on 7 August 1915 and re-joined his unit during October 1915. Cosson was still at Gallipoli for the evacuation and was amongst the last 22 men to leave. On 1 January 1916, he was promoted to the rank of corporal and four months later transferred to the 48th Infantry Battalion. It was also at this time that he became a second lieutenant. During 1916, Cosson also received a mention in despatches and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. John Cosson was 50 years old when he was killed in action at the battle of Pozieres on 7 August 1916 and he is commemorated on the Villers-Brettoneux Memorial.

Collection items

Rolls

  • Roll of Honour

    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
    Fate
    Killed in action
    Date of Fate
    07 August 1916
    Service
    Australian Army
    Unit
    48th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Private
    Place of Embarkation
    Fremantle
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Chilka A51
    Date of Embarkation
    18 June 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Distinguished Conduct Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    16th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Private
    London Gazette
    3 June 1916 on page 5585 at position 3
    Commonwealth Gazette
    21 September 1916 on page 2623 at position 2
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    16th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Corporal
    London Gazette
    13 July 1916 on page 6955 at position 40
    Commonwealth Gazette
    30 November 1916 on page 3234 at position 27
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Unit
    16th Australian Infantry Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Private

Timeline

Date of birth 1866
Date of embarkation 1915-06-18
Date of death 1916-08-07

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