James COZENS

COZENS, James

Service Numbers: 1564, 1085
Enlisted: 5 October 1916, Gunner at Fort Queenscliff, Vic.
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 36th Heavy Artillery Group
Born: Yannathan, Victoria, Australia, 16 December 1886
Home Town: Queenscliff, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Professional Soldier, Royal Garrision Artillery
Memorials: Queenscliffe Royal Australian Garrison Artillery Third Military District Honor Roll, Yannathan Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

5 Oct 1916: Enlisted SN 1564, The Royal Artillery (Garrison), Gunner at Fort Queenscliff, Vic.
26 Jun 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1085, 36th Heavy Artillery Group, Queenscliff, Vic
9 Nov 1917: Involvement Gunner, SN 1085, 36th Heavy Artillery Group
9 Nov 1917: Embarked Gunner, SN 1085, 36th Heavy Artillery Group, HMAT Demosthenes, Sydney
8 Oct 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1085, 36th Heavy Artillery Group, RTA 16 June 1920 (after spending 18 months studying agricultural methods in England and the US).

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Biography contributed by Robert Wight

A farmer from Yannathan, Victoria prior to enlistment, Gnr Cozens embarked with the 14th Reinforcements, 36th Heavy Artillery Group from Sydney on HMAT Demosthenes on 9 November 1917.

He later served with the 2nd Australian Siege Battery before joining the 36th Australian Heavy Artillery Brigade.

Following the Armistice he was granted leave to remain in England in order to study the frozen meat trade.

He was then granted an additional 12 months leave to study agriculture and pig raising in America. He returned to Australia on 16 June 1920.

Source: AWM

 

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