Harry Cosson

Cosson-harry-Name    Harry Cosson

Number    Private 5363

Battalion      59th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Geitchville

Next of Kin   His father, Henry Cossson Mt Eccles via Leongatha

Date and place of enlistment   Mt Eccles 17/12/1915

Physical details on enlistment   Age 18 years 3 months,

5’ 8”, 143 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair

Religion   Presbyterian

Occupation   Farmer

Date and place of death

He was accidently killed on 1/7/16 when he fell from a troop train travelling from Marseilles to the Western Front.

Location of grave or memorial

He is buried in the Anvers Sur Oise Communal Cemetery France.

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He and his family lived in the Mt Eccles area

Military History

  • He was in the Senior Cadets at Leongatha.
  • 17/12/15 He enlisted in Mt Eccles
  • 4/4/16 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Euripides
  • 24/5/16 He was transferred to the 59th Battalion at Tel el Kabir
  • 21/6/16 He embarked Alexandria
  • 30/6/16 He disembarked Marseilles
  • 1/7/16 He was accidently killed
  • 6/8/16 The Board of Enquiry was held at Etaples

He fell from the troop train while travelling to Etaples from Marseilles

He was riding on the footboard outside the train.

  • Cosson Pte. Harry 5363 59th Battalion Australian Infantry. Died of accidental injuries July 1st 1916. aged 18, son of Henry and Mary Ann Cosson of Henry St Korumburra Victoria, Australia. He was a native of Gippsland. He is buried near the north east (far left) corner of the cemetery.
  • Mary Ann wrote to say their new address is Kongwak
  • 16/11/24 Henry received all medals,
  • 15/8/22 Henry received Harry’s plaque
  • 3/3/23 The victory medal went to the parents new address at Poowong
  • 8/2/22 Henry received the scroll
  • His effects were 2 discs, chains, photos, pendent, wallet, letters, belt, testament, collar. Ties, 2 handkerchief, wristwatch and strop and six coins 

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