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Samuel Cosby R.I.R


JIMCHELSEA

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Hi guys

would it be possible for someone to look up Samuel Cosby R.I.R. number 5590 please?

any info or a run down on his army service would be greatfully recieved.

regards

jim

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Jim,

Medal card of Cosby, Samuel

Corps Regiment No Rank

2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers 5590 Private

2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers 5590 Private

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/details-result.asp?Edoc_Id=2109260&queryType=1&resultcount=7

TNA has him Royal Irish Fusiliers which is clearly incorrect. He was 2nd RIR with entry date 13/8/1914.

http://www.1914-1918.net/ririfles.htm

2nd Battalion

August 1914 : at Tidworth. Part of 7th Brigade in 3rd Division.

14 August 1914 : landed at Rouen.

8 October 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 25th Division.

26 October 1915 : transferred to 74th Brigade in same Division.

13 November 1917 : transferred to 108th Brigade in 36th (Ulster) Division, absorbing 7th Battalion.

8 February 1918 : transferred to 107th Brigade in same Division.

John

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He has some records on Ancestry -

British Army WWI Pension Records 1914-1920 -

Name: Samuel Cosby

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1879

Age at enlistment: 19

Birth Parish: Gilford

Birth County: Down

Document Year: 1898

Regimental Number: 5590

Regiment Name: Royal Irish Rifles

Number of images: 21

British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 -

Name: Samuel Cosby

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1879

Age at enlistment: 19

Birth Parish: Gilford

Birth County: Down

Document Year: 1898

Regimental Number: 5590

Regiment Name: Royal Irish Rifles

Number of images: 9

John

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Thank you very much John for taking the trouble to look him up!

Samuel was my Grandfathers brother.

Going by the dates you stated, did he join the army in 1898? and if so would you have any idea where he was/served prior to WW1?

REGARDS

JIM

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In 1911 there is a

Name: Samuel Cosby

Condition/years married: Single

Sex: ?

Age: 34

Birth year: 1877

Occupation: Shoeing Smith

Where born: Gilford Co Down

Citadel Barracks Western Heights

Reg. District: Dover Kent

Military details: Rifleman 2 Bn Royal Irish Rifles

Could this be him?

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Thank you very much John for taking the trouble to look him up!

Samuel was my Grandfathers brother.

Going by the dates you stated, did he join the army in 1898? and if so would you have any idea where he was/served prior to WW1?

REGARDS

JIM

Jim,

Yes he joined in Belfast in July 1898. He served mostly at home before the Geat War but also in South Africa for 3 years. He was entitled to King's and Queen's SA Medals with clasps. Do you have access to Ancestry? If not you might be able to get access at your local library I believe.

John

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Jim,

Yes he joined in Belfast in July 1898. He served mostly at home before the Geat War but also in South Africa for 3 years. He was entitled to King's and Queen's SA Medals with clasps. Do you have access to Ancestry? If not you might be able to get access at your local library I believe.

John

again many thanks John and CGM for the info.

is there anything on his records about him being shot? (there is a family story of him being shot in the backside),not sure if it is true or not

regards

jim

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  • 10 months later...

Cosby 5590 Rfn Samuel. Born at Gilford, Co. Down, 1872, the son of Isaac and Emily Cosby. His father was a general labourer. Enlisted in the RIR, 8.7.1898, age 19 years. Labourer, 5 foot 5½ inches, 138 pounds, chest 36–38 inches, blue eyes, brown hair, Church of Ireland. The 1901 Census for 91 Wilton Street, Belfast, shows that the family were Presbyterians. Siblings then were Henry M. (17), James (9), Margaret (7), and Mary Elizabeth (1). Posted to 2nd RIR, 21.2.1899. Deserted 31.8.1899. Rejoined 21.9.1898. Sentenced to 21 days IHL by his CO and 31 days pay forfeited. Served in South Africa 28.4.1900 to 4.2.1903. QSA Medal with clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, and Transvaal; KSA Medal with clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902. Qualified as a cold shoer 25.4.1903. Qualified in Mounted Infantry duties 4.8.1903. Sentenced to 10 days IHL by his CO, 27.9.1904, for drunkenness. Re-engaged to complete 21 years service 2.10.1909. Qualified as a shoeing smith 3.10.1910. To BEF 13.8.1914. Next of kin were his parents at 79 Wilton Street. Shrapnel wound, right buttock, slight, 6.9.1914, and admitted to No. 5 Stationary Hospital. To Convalescent Depot at St Nazaire, 21.9.1914. Discharged to duty at Base, 19.10.1914, and later rejoined 2nd RIR. On leave to UK 8–15.9.1915. On leave to UK 6–18.1.1917. Served with B Coy, 2nd RIR. On leave to UK 4–19.2.1918. To 15th RIR 13.3.1919. To UK with Bn Cadre 26.3.1919. To Dispersal Unit, Prees Heath, 17.7.1919. Discharged at the termination of his engagement 13.8.1919. Character very good. Address 155 Urney Street, Belfast.

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