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Herbert Scott Cosman
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Herbert Scott Cosman 234659 Private 203rd Battalion; 18th Reserve Battalion; 44th Battalion October 23, 1892 Danvers, Digby Co., NS April 7, 1916 Kinistina, Sask Ethelton, Sask 23 5 feet, 10 inches fresh blue brown Single Farmer Church of England George Cosman (Father) Danvers, Digby Co., NS December 16, 1918 26 Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany XVII B. II. Commemorated on Page 389 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 23 Listed on the Nominal Role of the 203rd Battalion Herbert was the son of George Washington Cosman (1849-1945) and Margaret Ann (Steele) Cosman (1853-1930), of Danvers, Digby Co., NS. The youngest of five children, he was the brother of Elizabeth, Grace, Ellis, and Helen. Private Cosman, after initial training in Canada, embarked Halifax on November 23, 1916 and disembarked at Liverpool, England on December 30, 1916.   On January 12, 1917 he was transferred from the 203rd Battalion to the 18th Reserve Battalion at Seaford and on March 5, 1917 was drafted to the 44th Battalion.  He arrived in France at the Canadian Base Depot and was taken on strength with the 44th Battalion.  He left for the unit on March 31, 1917 and joined the unit in the field on April 2, 1917.  On April 10 he was wounded but returned to the field on April 13, 1917. On June 26, 1917 he was admitted to No 13 Canadian Field Ambulance with bronchitis and returned to his unit on July 2, 1917.  As part of the Battle for Hill 70, The 44th Battalion was ordered into Lens, a coal mining town a few kilometres north of Vimy Ridge, on 23 August to try to take the Green Crassier, a large slag heap to the south of the city, and while they managed to capture it initially, were left to hold it cut off from communications and without reinforcements. The 44th held out until the end of the day on 24 August but were forced to retreat and call off the operation on 25 August 1917, ending the Battle of Hill 70. Private Cosman was reported missing after teh action on August 23, 1917.  He was taken prisoner at Lens on August 23 and moved to Limburg, a German town fifty miles north-west of Frankfurt.  The German Prisoner of War Records indicates that he had suffered a bullet wound to his right eye. The records also indicates that he was transferred to Camp II Munster on September 2 , 1918 and on September 26, 1918 he was moved to the Hospital at Bevergern.   He died of tuberculosis at the Prisoners Hospital, Munster on December 16, 1918.
Sources: Canadian Virtual War Memorial Library and Archives Canada Battle for Hill 70 (audio) Prisoners of the First World War ICRC Historical Archives
Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany