Norman Stanley Cosh

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Norman Stanley Cosh
Personal Information
Date of Birth 31 Dec 1908
Place of Birth Armadale, Western Australia
Death 22 Aug 1986. aged 77
Place of Death Salvation Army Nursing Home Nedlands, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 32 years, 8 months
Occupation Farm labourer
Religion Church of Christ
Address Newcastle street, Perth
Next of Kin Wife , Ms. Doris EvelynCosh
Military Information
Reg Number WX16781
Date of Enlistment 1 Oct 1941
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 1st Australian Armoured Division
Post War Details
Fate Remained in Australia
Medals War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

From 8 - 14 Jul 1941 Stan worked for the WAGR as a repairer on their Shackleton gang. In 1937 Norman married Doris Evelyn Waghorn (nee Doust) (1911 - 2009) in the York Registry office. They had three children at the ime of his enlistment..

Electoral Roll entries: 1931 - 1936 Corrigin, farmhand; 1937 at 'Longview', York, farm labourer

War Service

Norm enlisted in the 2nd AIF on 1 Oct 1941 at Claremont, but before he could commence training he was hospitalised in the Claremont Camp Hospital on 5 Oct 1941 with Influenza. He was released on 10 Oct 1941 to the AASC Training Depot. Training completed, he was granted three days leave until 17 Feb 1942, and on 27 Mar 1942 he embarked on USAT Monterey for the eastern states. On 4 Apr 1942 Norm was in Tamworth NSW, posted to the 1st Australian Armoured Division Troops Company AASC. On 13 Jul 1942 Norm was admitted to the 102nd Australian General Hospital with Rubella, and although he returned to his unit on 8 Aug 1942, he was back in the hospital on 12 August with Bronchitis.

On 19 Aug 1942 he was back with his unit which on 2 Nov 1942 had become the 143rd Australian General Transport Company. However, on 3 Nov 1942 Norm transferred to the 25th Australian General Transport Platoon, and two days later on 5 November, Norm was transferred to the 2/1st Anti-Aircraft Brigade Company AASC. On 22 Nov 1942 Norm entrained in Sydney for Western Australia, arriving there on 2 Dec 1942. From 5 - 13 Feb 1943 Norm was admitted to the 2/14th Australian Light Field Ambulance to receive treatment for Arthritis. On 5 May 1943 Norm was charged with 'Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he was found gambling in the precincts of the camp'. He was Admonished by his Commanding Officer.

Norm was seen by a Medical Board on 28 Jun 1943 and classified as Class 'B', and was therefore transferred on 7 Jul 1943 to the Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot for reallocation. on 29 July he was transferred to the 5th Australian Tank Workshop Company, but on 1 Nov 1943 he was admitted to the 118th Australian General Hospital. On the 16th he was discharged to the Faversham House convalescent facility, remaining with them until 4 Dec 1943 when he returned to his unit. On 17 Jan 1944 Norm was transferred to the 5th Australian Base Workshop, but on 14 Apr 1944 he was transferred to Western Command Recruit Reception & General Details Depot to prepare for his Medical discharge (dislocated right shoulder) which took place on 18 Apr 1944.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 Corrigin, farm labourer; 1958 Ongerup, farmer; 1968 Scotsdale road, Denmark, farmer; 1972 Zimmerman street, Denmark, labourer; 1980 at 152 Parry street, East Perth, no occupation.


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