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- Biography -
- Charles Cosh -

Unknown person Name : Charles Cosh.

Son of the late Mr. Woodman Cosh and Mrs. Jemima Cosh (née Woods).

Born 11 July 1878, Bonchurch.

  Census Information :

1881 : Woodman and Jemima Cosh, with their children incuding Charles aged 2, are at Combewood, Bonchurch. Woodman Cosh is a Gardener.

1891 : Woodman and Jemima Cosh, with their children incuding Charles aged 12, are at Combewood, Bonchurch. Woodman Cosh is a Gardener. Charles Cosh is a Farm servant.

1901 : Charles Cosh not found - presumed he is at sea

1911 : Charles Cosh, aged 32, is at Ruby Mount, St John's Road, Wroxall, with his brother and two sisters, All are single. Charles Cosh is a Builder's labourer.

Jemima Cosh died in 1909 aged 74; Woodman Cosh died in 1910 aged 76

  Service details :

Stoker 1st cl. 292425 Charles Cosh, H.M.S. Bittern, Royal Navy

Charles Cosh signed on for a 12 year Continuous Engagement with the Royal Navy on 27th June 1899. He bought his discharge in 1903, and was re-engaged due to hostilities on 7th December 1916. He was described as being 5 ft 5 in tall, with dark hair, grey eyes and a dark complexion. In 1899 he had no distinguishing marks; by 1916 he had acquired a tattoo on his right bicep of an anchor and cross with a red heart with the initials CC. He also had a scar to the left throat.

He was engaged on the following ships and shore establishments :

Pembroke II27 June 1899to 14 February 1900
Torch15 February 1900to 22 May 03
Pembroke II23 May 1903to 31 August 1903
Northumberland1 September 1903to 23 September 1903
Vivid II7 December 1916to 23 April 1917
Bittern24 April 1917to 4 April 1918
  Casualty Details :

Died : 4 April 1918 aged 39

Commemorated at : Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.

CWGC Record ...
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Bonchurch War Memorial
St Boniface Church Roll of Honour
Wroxall War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle

  Documents :


Friday, April 19, 1918 Page 1

Information has been received by his relatives that Seaman Charles Cosh, of H.M. Destroyer Bittern, met his death as the result of his ship being in collision. He was the son of the late Mr. Woodman Cosh, who was for 50 years gardener at Combe Wood, Bonchurch, and one of the most respected men in the neighbourhood. Seaman Cosh was formerly in the Navy and Mercantile Marine, and served for some time as steward on H.M.S. Ophir. Leaving the Navy he afterwards worked for Day and Sons, Bonchurch, and other local firms. He rejoined at the outbreak of war and met his death on April 4th.

Page 2

COSH. - On April 4th on H.M. Destroyer Bittern in collision, Charles, the dearly loved son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Woodman Cosh, of Wroxall. "Thy will be done."
  Further Information :

Wikipedia entry for HMS Bittern (1897)

Wikipedia entry for SS Ophir
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Page last updated : 30th May 2011 - thanks to Janet Griffin for newspaper research


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