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Lionel COSGROVE

Regimental number3058
Date of birth--/05/1893
Place of birthDubbo New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationHardware assistant
AddressCoraki PO, Coraki, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Davis, Coraki PO, Coraki, New South Wales
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Promotions

2nd Lieutenant


Unit: 56th Battalion
Promotion date: 27 April 1917

Lieutenant


Unit: 56th Battalion
Promotion date: 28 July 1917

FateReturned to Australia 23 June 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. With 70 men he completed a sap 130 yards long, of considerable width and depth, between our old front line and a newly captured enemy trench. The work was conducted under heavy shelling and machine gun fire, and completed in an hour and a half from the time he placed his working party on their task, when the second wave left our trenches. His personal example and disregard of danger largely contributed to the success and rapidity with which the work was accomplished.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

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

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