Francis Dernier Cosgrove

Sergeant Francis Dernier Cosgrove, G12254
Saint John, New Brunswick
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion

Sergeant Cosgrove is sponsored by Simonds High School. 
Sergeant Cosgrove était parrainé par Simonds High School. 

Thank you for our freedoms and the right to be who we choose to be, our dreams are possible due to your sacrifice. –Simonds students, staff, and Simonds Air Cadet Squadron

Birth place and date: Francis was born in Halifax, NS on 1 October 1922.

Home town: Francis grew up in Saint John, NB.

Religion: Francis was a member of the Church of England.

Occupation: Before the war, Francis served as an electrician at NB Electric Power Commission.

Marital Status: Francis was never married or had any children.

Next of kin: Francis’ next of kin was his mother, Margaret Cosgrove.

Date and location of enlistment: Francis enlisted on 27 January 1941 in Saint John, NB.

Medals: Francis was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal,  the Memorial Cross, and the CVSM with Clasp.

Burial location: Francis is buried at the Ranville War Cemetery in France. He was 21 years old when he died.

Student’s final reflection:

Francis attended eleven years of school before he attended three years of vocational school to become an electrician. He liked math and chemistry better than any other subjects at school. He then trained for twenty three months before enlisting in the military.

Francis enjoyed reading biographies, history and fiction. He also liked to play sports such as hockey, football and tennis.

Francis was described as courteous, well mannered, friendly, and pleasant. It would have been nice to meet Francis and thank him in person for the service he did for our country.

Francis had four sisters, Margret, Catherine, Mary, and Josephine. He also had one brother, James. Francis’ father had died sometime before he enlisted and Francis must have become the man of the house taking care of his mother and siblings.

Francis risked his life in service of his country’s safety and freedom and I thank him greatly for it.

Witten by: Allison Curry, a student at Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
Rédigé par:
Allison Curry, un élève de Owen Sound Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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