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Aubrey Cosens

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Allegiance  Canada
Role  Armed force officer
Rank  Sergeant
Name  Aubrey Cosens
Service/branch  Canadian Army

Battles/wars  World War II  †
Battles and wars  World War II
Years of service  1940 - 1945
Place of burial  Netherlands
Awards  Victoria Cross
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Born  21 May 1921 Cayuga, Ontario (1921-05-21)
Buried at  Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, The Netherlands
Unit  The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
Died  February 26, 1945, Uedem, Germany

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Aubrey Cosens VC (21 May 1921 - 26 February 1945) was a Canadian posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


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Military service

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Aubrey Cosens was born in Latchford, Ontario on May 21, 1921, the only son to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cosens. Shortly afterwards his family moved near Porquis Junction and this is where Cosens remained until he left school at 17 and went to work as a section hand on the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway.

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A year after taking this job, the Second World War broke out and Aubrey attempted to join the RCAF and was rejected because he was considered too young.

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In 1940 he joined The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada as private and later transferred to The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada as a Corporal. He was promoted Sergeant while serving as part of the D-day reinforcements in Normandy, France.

He was 23 years old and a sergeant in The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada during the Canadian Army's involvement in the Second World War.

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On the night of 25–26 February 1945 at Mooshof near Uedem, Germany, B and D Coys of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada led a series of attacks on German strongholds. During the battle his Platoon Commander was killed-in-action and the platoon took heavy casualties. Sergeant Cosens assumed command of the four survivors of his platoon whom he placed in position to give him covering fire. Running forward alone to a tank, he took up an exposed position in front of the turret and directed its fire. When a further counter-attack had been repulsed, he ordered the tank to ram some farm buildings into which the Germans attackers had retreated. He went in alone, killing 22 of the defenders and taking the rest prisoners. He then dealt similarly with the occupants of two more buildings, but was shot by a sniper when he went to report back to superior officers.


Aubrey Cosens was mentioned in Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, albeit misspelled.

"Little ships, the ones named for foot sloggers: Horatius, Alvin York, Swamp Fox, the Rog herself, bless her heart, Colonel Bowie, Devereux, Vercingetorix, Sandino, Aubrey Cousens, Kamehameha, Audie Murphy, Xenophon, Aguinaldo --"

Grave/memorial at Buried at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands. Plot VIII. row H. Grave 2. Headstone.


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