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Thomas Joseph COSGRIFF

Regimental number2150
Place of birthAlbert Park, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationPrinter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 4.75"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Cosgriff, 105 Danks Street, Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 18 months in the Senior Cadets; 18 months in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 27 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll57th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingBattle of Fromelles, France
Age at death20
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot IV, Row C, Grave No 9), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
167
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength of 21st Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Taken on strength of 57th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 3 April 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note on B.103, 'presumed buried in No Man's Land at approx 5J9043 to 5K0251 Sheet Hazebrouck 5a'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 16), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, COSGRIFF Thomas Joseph

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