Birth date: 1866
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, Essex
Death date: 7 August 1916
Death place: France: Picardie, Somme, Pozieres
Final rank: Second Lieutenant
Service number: 2454 - First World War, 1914-1918
  • 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 48th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 7 August 1916
  • Unit: 48th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 18 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Fremantle

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Conduct Medal

  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Private Record

Cosson, John George (Lieutenant, b.1866 - d.1916)

Collection relating to service of 2454 Lieutenant John George Cosson DCM, 16 Battalion and 48 Battalion. Collection includes handwritten transcripts of extracts from part of a diary written by Cosson while on Gallipoli prior to the evacuation, December 1915. During this time he was awarded a... Maker: Cosson, John George

1DRL/0216 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Transcript of extracts from diary of John George Cosson, 1915

Transcript of diary extracts relating to the First World War service of 2454 Private John George Cosson DCM, 48th Battalion. These extracts are from a diary written by Private Cosson at Gallipoli between 13 and 21 December 1915. The extracts describe the preparations for the evacuation of...



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