George Henry Cousens


Oct 8, 1882

Born in Burslem, Staffordshire, England to Statherakan and Annie Cousens.


May 8, 1917

Attested into the 252nd Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1087347

Ø      Next of kin given as Annie Cousens, mother, Burslem, Staffordshire, England

Ø      Current address given as 504 Benton St., Rochester, New York, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bricklayer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


May 10, 1917

It would appear that he was permitted to go home for 2 days to arrange personal affairs as he is noted as re-entering Canada from the USA by ferry, landing at Cobourg, Ontario, stating that he was joining the Militia


May 29, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia

The ship did not sail until June 2nd


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for additional training


Sep 2, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 83 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1917

After leaving the CIBD, he joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 199 reinforcements destined for the front lines


Oct 1, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois


Nov 14, 1917

After reporting sick to the battalion’s Medical Officer, he was admitted to the No. 11 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 12 CFA, with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of the right heel.


Nov 15, 1917

Transferred to the No. 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 16, 1917

Transferred via the No. 28 AT (Ambulance Train)


Nov 17, 1917

Admitted to the No. 20 General Hospital, Dannes Camiers, France


Dec 13, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples


Dec 14, 1917

Transferred to the No. 14 Convalescent Depot, Trouville


Jan 12, 1918

Discharged from the Convalescent Depot to duty with the base depot


Jan 14, 1918

TOS the No. 2 CIBD in Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Apr 6, 1918

Left the No. 2 CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Apr 10, 1918

Left the CCRC to join the battalion


Apr 12, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines at Mercatel


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, a severe enemy barrage near the Olive Trench held up the advance.  Private Cousens was killed during this action.  He was subsequently buried in the Wancourt British Cemetery, south of Arras.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Annie Cousens, 201 Hamil Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr Stratherakan Cousens, at the same address 


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