Reuben Leeuwin Cousens
From Our Contribution
Sunday Times 3 Dec 1916 page 6.
|Date of Birth||
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|Place of Birth||Karridale, Western Australia|
|Death||8 Jan 1917|
|Place of Death||Mametz, France|
|Age at Enlistment||18 years, 10 months|
5'3½" (1.61m) tall ; 145 lbs|
65.771 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr William Edward Cousens|
|Date of Enlistment||8 Mar 1916|
|Unit/Formation||28th Battalion, 13th Reinforcements / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division|
|Date of Embarkation||18 Jul 1916 ‒ 9 Sep 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A48 Seang Bee|
|Fate||Killed in Action 8 Jan 1917|
Jarrahdale War Memorial |
Byford ANZAC Memorial Park
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
A month after entering Blackboy Hill camp, Reuben was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. On arrival in England Reuben was sent to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone to complete his war preparedness training. Following a very brief period of training he proceeded overseas to Étaples in France from Folkestone on 2 Nov 1916 aboard HMT Victoria.
Admitted to the 2nd Division's Base Depot, on 13 Nov 1916 he was sent to join the 28th Battalion, which he did on 18 Nov 1916. The battalion had just been replaced in the line by the 18th Battalion amidst a light fall of snow , followed by rain. The battalion then moved back to the Fricourt Camp before finding billets at Bieure.
On the day Reuben was killed, the 28th Battalion's War Diary simply records "Bn moved to DELVILLE WOOD". The following day they relieved the 19th Battalion in support trenches south east of Guidecourt, so it is likely that his death was caused by German artillery targeting rear and support areas.
COUSENS.-- On January 8, 1917. Killed in action in France, Private Reuben L. Cousens, aged 19 years and 9 months, dearly beloved sixth son of W. E. and M.E. Cousens, of Jarrahdale, beloved brother of Privates Will, Bert, Martin (now in action), Mary, Bob, Jeff,
Jim, Dorrie.Beloved by all.
- The West Australian 26 Jan 1917 page 1