Regimental number1653
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of Christ
AddressMount Eccles, Leongatha, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Caroline Louisa Anderson, Mount Eccles, Leongatha, Victoria
Enlistment date19 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name21st Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/38/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 August 1916

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 17 December 1918

FateReturned to Australia 13 April 1919

Military Medal

'This man prior to joining the Ambulance in December, 1916, was a runner in the 24th A.T. Battalion. Since joining this Unit he has been devoted to his duty, and at times when Advanced Dressing Stations have been under heavy shell fire he has always shown great coolness and courage in attending to the wounded. During the BULLECOURT operations in May, 1917, his outstanding bravery was an incentive to all around him and his devotion to duty helped very materially towards the efficient evacuation of the wounded. He has at all times rendered meritorious service.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Bar to Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette'
Date: 11 December 1919

Family/military connectionsCousins: 5363 Pte Harry COSSON, 59th Bn, accidentally killed, 1 July 1916; 5557 Pte Arthur COSSON, 22nd Bn, returned to Australia, 16 March 1918.
Other detailsMedals: Military Medal & Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal