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Sergeant AUBREY COSENS

Service Number: B/46495
Regiment & Unit/Ship

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, R.C.I.C.

1st Bn.

Date of Death

Died 26 February 1945

Age 24 years old

Buried or commemorated at

GROESBEEK CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY

VIII. H. 2.

Netherlands

  • Country of Service Canadian
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Son of Charles E. and Yvonne Cosens, of Latchford, Ontario.
  • Additional Citation note

    The citation in the London Gazette of 18th May, 1945, gives the following details: In Holland, on the night 25/26th February, 1945 the 1st Battalion The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada attacked the hamlet of Mooshof. Sergeant Cosens' platoon, with tanks in support, had as their objective enemy strong-points in three farm-buildings. They were twice beaten back and were then fiercely counterattacked. Their casualties were heavy, including the platoon commander killed. Sergeant Cosens assumed command of the few survivors of the platoon, and placed them so as to give him covering fire while he crossed open ground to the one remaining tank and directed its fire. After a further counter-attack had been repulsed, Sergeant Cosens ordered the tank to attack the three farm-buildings, the remaining men of his platoon following in close support. He himself entered the three buildings in turn, alone, and killed or captured all the occupants. Immediately afterwards he was shot by a sniper, and died almost instantly. His outstanding gallantry, initiative and determined leadership resulted in the capture of a position which was vital to the success of the future operations of the Brigade.

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