COSGROVE, Edmund John
(Service number 52580)

Aliases Ned
First Rank Private Last Rank Corporal


Date 23 November 1891 Place of Birth Pleasant Point

Enlistment Information

Date 31 January 1917 Age 25 yrs 2 mths
Address at Enlistment Pleasant Point 
Occupation Potato grower
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Ellen COSGROVE (mother), Pleasant Point, Timaru
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information Height 5 ft 6 in. 142 lbs. Chest 34-37 inches. Complexion sallow. Eyes grey. Hair brown. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, heart, lungs - normal. Limbs well formed. Full movement of joints. Chest well formed. No illnesses. Free from hernia, variocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. No mark from vaccination. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits. Fit, Class A.  

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 28th Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 26 July 1917
Transport Ulimaroa
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Awards

Service Medals Yes
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 21 July 1919 Reason Termination of his period of engagement.

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 27 April 1975 Age 84 yrs
Place of Death Waimate
Notices Timaru Herald, 28 April 1975
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 158, Plot 110
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of Patrick & Ellen COSGROVE, of Pleasant Point. Brother of James COSGROVE, killed in action, & of Gordon COSGROVE, who also served in WWI. Educated at Pleasant Point School. Edmond appealed his call-up, saying that he had 12 acres of potatoes growing and wanted time to dig them. Edmund left Timaru for the Front on 11 April 1917. Farmer at St Andrews. Retired to Timaru.


Cenotaph Database [29 August 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archive NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0028659) [17 September 2013]; TDC Headstone image Timaru Cemetery [17 September 2013]; Timaru Herald, 6 February 1917, 10 April 1917 (Papers Past) [20 September 2013; 16 September 2014]; Timaru Herald, 28 April 1975 [2013 & 06 January 2014]

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