Name:Francis Dernier CosgroveRank:SergeantService Number:G/12254Service: 1st Canadian Parachute BattalionAwards/medals:Defence Medal, 1939-45 Star, War Medal, France and Germany Star, CVSMDate of Birth:January 10, 1922Place of Birth:Halifax, NSDate of Enlistment:January 27, 1941Place of Enlistment:St. John, NBAddress at Enlistment:St. John, NSHeight:5 feet, 6 ½ inchesComplexion:MediumEyes:BlueHair:Dark brownTrade:Marital Status:SingleReligion:Church of EnglandNext of Kin:Margaret Cosgrove (Mother) St. John, NBDate of Death:June 6, 1944Age at Death:22Cemetery:Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, FranceGrave: IX. B. 23.Commemorated on page 280 of the Second World War Book of RemembranceDisplayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 16Francis Dernier Cosgrove was the son of Francis John Cosgrove (1884-1931), and of Margaret Stella (Dernier) Cosgrove (1895-1992), of St. John, New Brunswick. His father was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England and his parents married January 28, 1921 in St. John, NB. Francis had four sisters, Margaret, Catherine, Mary, and Josephine, and one brother James Terence.Francis enjoyed reading biographies, history and fiction and played hockey, football and tennis. He was described as courteous, well mannered, friendly, and pleasant.He was working as a clerk with the New Brunswick Electric Power Company before he enlisted. He initially enlisted with the 2nd/4th Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery.Sergeant Cosgrove successfully completed his parachute training at Fort Benning, Georgia, USA, on December 24, 1942, and was posted to 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps. He arrived in the England on July 28, 1943 and took part in Operation Overlord, more specifically he parachuted into France, as part of Operation Tonga, early in the morning of June 6, 1944. The Canadians were transported by Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle transports along with the British 9th Parachute Battalion and the British 3rd Parachute Brigade Headquarters.The details are unknown, but Sergeant Cosgrove was killed in action on the morning of June 6, 1944, aged 21, and was given a field burial at Dives-Sur-Mer, France. He was re-interred to Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France on September 6, 1945.