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Date of birth29 October 1885
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMedical practitioner
AddressElizabeth Bay, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Height6' 1"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M F Cosgrove, 'Purfleet', Bilyard Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, New South Wales
Enlistment date26 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name1 Australian General Hospital 1-6 Special Reinforcements
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 11 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Army Medical Corps
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. He tended the wounded throughout and for many hours after the action. He was frequently under heavy fire, but carried on quite regardless of personal danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 184
Date: 14 December 1916

Discharge date6 June 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 11 October 1915; arrived Suez, 6 November 1915.

Attached as Medical Officer to 53rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Aexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 28 June 1916.

Awarded Military Cross, 19 July 1916.

On leave to England, 18 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 2 January 1917.

Taken on strength, 15th Field Ambulance, 20 March 1917, and transferred to England same day.

Tried by Court Martial: found Not Guilty, 25 March 1917 (no further details on personal file).

Attached for temporary duty to 5th Training Bn, Rollestone, 22 April 1917.

Detached for duty to 9th Training Bn, Durrington, 17 May 1917.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 19 May 1917.

Marched out to No 2 Command Depot, 30 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 October 1918; posted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, 10 October 1918, and then to 14th Field Ambulance, 12 October 1918.

Posted to Advance Billeting Party, 28 November 1918. Temporarily transferred to 38th Bn, 8 December 1918.

Disembarked England from France, 31 December 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'City of York', 14 January 1919; arrived Melbourne, 27 February 1919, for onward travel to Sydney; appointment terminated (discharged), Sydney, 6 June 1919.
SourcesNAA: B2455, COSGROVE Charles

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