Denis Kevin COSGRAVE

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COSGRAVE, Denis Kevin

Service Numbers: S29934, SX11555
Enlisted: 21 October 1940, Macclesfield, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Macclesfield, South Australia, 21 February 1919
Home Town: Macclesfield, Mount Barker, South Australia
Schooling: Sisters of St. Joseph Convent School
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Killed in Action, Trevors Ridge, Finnestere Ranges, New Guinea, 13 October 1943, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
IA B 8
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Macclesfield ANZAC Memorial Gardens, Macclesfield Honour Roll WW2, Macclesfield Memorial Gates, Macclesfield War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

21 Oct 1940: Enlisted Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2, Private, SN S29934, Macclesfield, South Australia
1 Mar 1941: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX11555, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Mar 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX11555, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
10 Jul 1941: Wounded Syria - Operation Exporter, Mortar bomb wound
20 Aug 1943: Promoted 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
13 Oct 1943: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Lance Corporal, SN SX11555, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns

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Son of Thomas Christopher COSGRAVE and Catherine (nee McNAMARA) of Macclesfield, South Australia

"L/Cpl. Denis Kevin Cosgrave.

MR. AND MRS. COSGRAVE, of Macclesfield, have been notified that their second son, L/CPL. DENIS KEVIN was killed in New Guinea on October 13. He was born at Macclesfield 24 years ago, and was educated at the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent school, where he was a much loved pupil. Like his elder brother, PTE. THOMAS COSGRAVE, who died of wounds in Egypt, he was loved by old and young alike. Both were members of the sports clubs of the districts and were honoured for manly and friendly play. Above all, they were loyal to their school and faithful to the Church, and were altar servers for several years. Denis enlisted in March, 1941, and went overseas in April. He served in Palestine and Syria, was wounded in Syria, July, 1941, and returned in February, 1942. He then served in New Guinea and was home on leave in February of this year, returning to duty early in March. May his soul reap the eternal reward of the supreme sacrifice which he has made." - from the Adelaide Southern Cross 05 Nov 1943 (nla.gov.au)

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