condensed discuss document expanded export feedback print share remove reset document_white enquire_white export_white report_white

James Herbert Cosson

Portrait, James Herbert Cosson - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, James Herbert Cosson - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Cosson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jim AWMM
  • Service number
    20951 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

Contribute ›
  • Birth
    5 February 1900 AWMM Great YarmouthNorfolk AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Pre 1915 AWMM England AWMM
    • Pre 6 January 1940 AWMM 8 Muripara Avenue, Pt Chevalier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Unknown AWMM
    • Mrs Euphemia Cosson (wife), 8 Muripara Avenue, Point Chevalier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

Contribute ›

Military decorations

Contribute ›

Training and Enlistment

Contribute ›

Prisoner of war

Contribute ›
  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

Contribute ›
  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

Contribute ›

Biographical information

Biographical information

Contribute ›
  • Son of James Cosson and of Alice Elizabeth Cosson (nee Howe); husband of Euphemia Cosson, of Auckland City, New Zealand

    He came to NZ as a child and was educated at Newton West school.

    He returned to England before the Great War and joined the British Army at the age of 15 years 10 months.

    After WWI , Gunner Cosson joined the Royal Irish Constabulary, and he subsequently was in the Royal Ulster Police. He married in Ireland and returned to New Zealand 15 years ago. He was an attendant at the Mental Hospital at Avondale for four years and also employed by the Auckland City Council for nine years.

    He served for seven years in the Territorials in Auckland, and was a member of the team that won the Battery Cup in the annual competition of the field artillery. He also won the Sergeants' Cup as the best horseman in his unit.

    Before being sent to the Middle East Dad wrote he would never leave home again as he missed us (his family of three children and his wife) too much.

    His adventurous life included even trying to join the Royal Canadian Mounties

    Enemy planes dive-bombing - blew him to pieces.

    Next of kin listed in the Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945 as Mrs E. Cossons, Pt Chevalier AWMM
Read more


About death

Contribute ›
  • Death
    14 April 1941 AWMM
    Age 41 AWMM
    GreeceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



Contribute ›
  • Memorial name
    • Athens Memorial, Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

Roll of Honour

Remember James Herbert Cosson by laying a poppy.

Leave a note

Leave a tribute or memory of James Herbert Cosson

Leave a note

Contribute ›



Contribute ›
  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 2 (Embarkations to 30th June, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.42 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

The development of the Online Cenotaph is an ongoing process; updates, new images and records are added weekly. In some cases, records have yet to be confirmed by Museum staff, and there could be mistakes or omissions in the information provided.

Creative Commons LicenseOnline Cenotaph Data by Auckland War Memorial Museum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.