(Service number 52581)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||15 March 1896||Place of Birth||Pleasant Point|
|Date||21 August 1917||Age||20 yrs 11 mths (21 yrs)|
|Address at Enlistment||3 Flinders St., Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience||2nd, S. C. Regt.|
|Next of Kin||Mrs P. COSGROVE (mother), Pleasant Point, S. Canterbury|
|Medical Information||Height 5 ft 7 in. Weight 134 lbs. Chest 32 - 341/2 in. Complexion fair. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Sight, hearing both good. Colour vision correct. Limbs well formed; full movement in joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhods, inveterate & contagious skin disease. No sign of vaccination. Good physical & mental health. No slight defects. No fits.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Reinforcements G Company (part)|
|Date||12 June 1917|
|Transport||Maunganui or Tahiti|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
|Other Units Served With||7th Wireless Troop (transferred to 3 Dec 1916; disembarked 15 Jan 1917 per RWS 'Wooltan" at Bombay|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Expeditionary Force, Otago Regiment, 1st Battalion|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victory Medal|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
14 Oct 1917 admitted to hospital in France - Shrapnel wound to chest - severe. 5 Jan 1918 admitted to British Hospital, Endell St; 26 January 1918 transferred to Convalesence Dep, Hornchurch.
|Date||8 October 1918||Age||22 yrs|
|Place of Death||Le Cateau, France|
|Cause||Killed in action in the Field|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Anneux British Cemetery, Nord, France. Memorial Stone Pleasant Point Cemetery (parents' stone).|
|Memorial Reference||IV. B. 17. Pleasant Point Cemetery - General Section, Row 14, Plot 17.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Pleasant Point War Memorial; St Joseph's Church, Temuka; Pleasant Point School War Memorial|
Youngest son of Patrick & Ellen COSGROVE, Pleasant Point. Brother of Edmund & Gordon COSGROVE, who also served in WWI. He left Timaru for the Front on 11 April 1917. Only back in the firing line, after recovering from severe wounds, for 3 days when he was killed. It had been expected that James would return home after he was severely woundedin May 1918, butwith good care and attention in England, he was able to return to active wervice. He was educated at the Pleasant Point School. Member of Celtic Football Club. Prior to enlisting, James worked for his brother at the West End Butchery. Private Cosgrove was 'a cherrful, obliging and popular young fellow'. James COSGROVE and John GREELISH, who surely knew each other well, were killed in action on the same day.
Cenotaph Database [17 September 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0028662); CWGC [29 August 2013]; Timaru Herald, 10 April 1917, 28 October 1918 [x 2], 8 October 1919 (Papers Past) [22 September 2013; 18 November 2013; 16 September 2014]; TDC Headstone image Pleasant Point Cemetery (TDC) [29 August 2013]
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