Louis Henry LYALL


LYALL , Louis Henry

Service Number: 4817
Enlisted: 29 December 1915
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia, 3 December 1886
Home Town: Semaphore, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Winchman
Died: Killed in Action, Blangy-Tronville, France, 25 April 1918, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide Australian Harbours Board WW1 Roll of Honour, Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide The 50th Battalion Commemorative Cross, Birkenhead WW1 Harbors Board Employees Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

29 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4817
9 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4817, 10th Infantry Battalion
9 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4817, 10th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
5 Nov 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion
25 Apr 1918: Involvement Lance Corporal, SN 4817, 50th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Julianne Ryan

Born:  Louis Henry COSSONS on 3 December 1886 in Hundred of Caroline, South Australia
(SA Births 1842 - 1906 Book: 387 Page: 29 District: Gre.)

Father Joseph (Joe) COSSONS
(b. 05/08/1852 Gloucestershire, England - d. 28/04/1904 Mt Gambier, SA)
his parents: William Cossons and Sarah Ann Cossons (nee TILLEY), lived at Melrose, SA

Joe's siblings
Henry Cossons 
b. 25/12/1854 Gloucestershire, England
d. 10/07/1929 South Australia

H.H (Harry) Cossons
b. 1871 Gloucestershire, England, arrived in Adelaide in 1873
    1920 married Harriet Eliza Storey, from Norton Summit; 
     lived in Mount Gambier majority of his life, until retiring in Adelaide
d. 15/7/1929 in Adelaide
    children  (Louis' cousins):
    Vera Maud Cossons  (b. 1879 Adelaide - d. 2/2/1881 Mt Gambier, SA)
    Arthur William Cossons  (b. 1881 Mt Gambier - d. 22/5/1954 Brompton, SA)
    Vernon George Cossons
(b. 1886 Mt Gambier - d. 29/6/1945 Payneham, SA)
    Frank Harry Cossons
  (b. 1890 - d. 1912 Mt Gambier, SA)
TWIN  Roy Leonard Cossons (b. 6/9/1888 Mt Gambier - d. 4/7/1968 Dulwich, SA)
    TWIN  Ray Clifford Cossons
  (b. 6/9/1888 Mt Gambier - d. 6/8/1963 Daw Park, SA)

Sarah Elizabeth Clark (nee Cossons)
b. 06/05/1858 - d. 1919

Joe married:  26/12/1881 at the residence of Mr Henry Ludwig MEIER at Mount Gambier, SA
                    May's parents home

Mother: May (Mary) Theresa Fredericka Cossons (nee MEIER)
1921 remarried to Mr Frederick York Smith, at Virginia, SA
          last lived at 29 Green Street, Brompton, SA
25/08/1948 died in hospital (aged 91 years)

Louis' Siblings:
Herbert (aka Hubert) William Cossons 
b. 19/12/1882 in Mount Gambier, SA
Charlotte (Lottie) Ann Helene Wilton (nee Cossons)
b. 11/11/1889 Mt Gambier, SA
    1967 married:  Charles WILTON
    1919  lived at Wallaroo Mines, Kadina, SA (later at Ranelagh Street, Adelaide, SA)
    children:  Richard and Charles
d. 1965 at Ascot, Victoria
Harold (Paddy) Cossons 
b. 11/01/1892 in Beachport, SA
    1921 married:  Olive Pearl WATSON
                          (b. 05/08/1903 Kadina - d. 08/04/1943 in Northfield, buried at Kadina)
lived at Kadina and had five children
d. 20/07/1979 at Daw Park Repartriation Hospital, Daw Park, SA)
buried in:  Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, SA
                Derrick Gardens, Path 38, Grave 720B                  
  Laurel Jean Croxton (nee Cossons) b.1921 - d. 2002)
       married 1939: Allan Croxton at Kadina in 1939
  Doreen May Tucker/Lynch (nee Cossons) b.1922 - d. 1997
       1940 1st marriage: Harold Lionel TUCKER (b. 23/10/1915 Adelaide - d.1987)
                                    He was wounded in WWII.
                                    During the war she lived in Adelaide. Divorced in 1947.
       1950 2nd marriage: Kevin LYNCH in Adelaide (d. 1997)
  Sydney Louis Cossons (b. 23/08/1923 Kadina - d. 22/08/1950 Daw Park, SA)
       1946  Engaged to Minette Monica von der Borch (b. 1922) of Burbank, SA
       he went to WWII
       He died aged 26 at the Repatriation Hospital.
  Ronald Clem Cossons  b. 1927
       1949 married: Violet COLLIVER at Kadina
       1950 married: to wife Connie.
  Valda Mary Adams (nee Cossons)  b. 1929 Kadina - d. 1990 Port Pirie, SA
       1948 married:  James S (Jim) Adams, of Solomontown at Kadina
Gertrude Mary Cossons (Cecily Martin Steer?)  b. 09/01/1897 in Solomontown, SA

NEXT OF KIN in service:
1st Cousin (Harry's son) in  WWI & WWII

Private 7104 (WWI) Ray Clifford COSSONS - 10th Infantry Battalion
b. 06 Sep 1888 Mount Gambier, SA
married:  Florence Rebena Victoria Cossons, Mount Gambier, SA
               (b.1893 - d. 3/3/1967 Fullarton, cremated in Centennial Park Cemetery)
                Sutton Court, Wall 1, Niche F028
12/10/1916  enlisted into WWI
16/12/1916  embarked Outer Harbour onboard HMAT A35 Berrima
                   as a Private with 10th Battalion, 23rd Reinforcement
27/07/1917  Returned to Australia
S212309 (WWII) Private Ray Clifford COSSONS - 4th Garrison Battalion
30/09/1939  re-enlisted into WWII at Fullarton, SA
25/02/1941  discharged from service

06/08/1963  passed away at Fullarton, SA
cremated in: Centennial Park Cemetery, Pasadena, SA
                    Sutton Court, Wall 1, Niche F027

Nephew (Harold's son) - (WWII)
S50366  Private Sydney Louis COSSONS - 48th Field Battery
24/12/1941  enlisted into WWII at Torrens Hall, Adelaide, SA
02/02/1942  discharged from service

22/08/1950  died at Daw Park Repartriation Hospital, Daw Park, SA

Nephew-in-law (Doreen's 1st husband) - (WWII):
SX4787  Sergeant Harold Lionel Tucker - 2/43 Australian Infantry Battalion
08/06/1940  enlisted into WWII at Wayville, SA
29/08/1947  discharged from service

2nd Cousin (Arthur's son) - (WWII)
SX1875 Private Harry William COSSONS - 2/10 Australian Infantry Battalion
born:  11/04/1916  Port Augusta, SA  (father Arthur Cossons, next of kin)
02/03/1940  enlisted into WWII at Brompton, SA
10/12/1945  discharged from service
29/07/1994  passed away Campbelltown Nursing Home, Campbelltown, SA
cremated at:  Enfield Memorial Park

Louis was described on enlisting as 27 years of age; single; 5' 3.5" tall; 137 lbs;
fresh complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; Church of England, Tattoos on both arms.

29/12/1915  enlisted into WWI at Keswick, SA

09/03/1916  embarked Outer Harbour onboard RMS Mongolia
                   as a Private with 10th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement

30/08/1916  taken on strength 50th Infantry Battalion, France

02/04/1917  wounded in action, France
25/04/1917  rejoined battalion

05/11/1917  promoted to Lance Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion, France

25/04/1918  Killed in Action at Blangy-Tronville, France,

***There is a contraversy on where he was buried in his records, it states that he
      was buried in:
      Adelaide Military Cemetery, 1000 yards due west of Villers-Bretonneux, France
      H 17; Plot 3; Row N, Grave 15 

07/10/1919  AIF London advised AIF Melbourne:  a "disc" of Lnc Cpl 4817 L H Lyall
                   was recovered on exhumation of the grave of this soldier and re-burial of
                   isolated bodies by the Australian Graves Detachment, France.

Later showing:  No known grave

His name is commemorated on the:-
- Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
- Panel 150 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT
- the South Australian Harbor Board WWI Memorial, Birkenhead, SA

Medals:       British War medal (33292), Victory medal (33064)
                  Memorial Plaque and Scroll (345012)

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  20/04/2017.  Lest we forget.