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  • ID: I7288
  • Name: Edward McCosh
  • Prefix: Major
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 14 DEC 1890 in Airdrie
  • Death: 26 SEP 1918 in Killed In Action
  • Note:
    Edward McCosh was first educated at Cargilfield Prep School, before moving to Fettes.

    He was at Fettes from 1905 to 1909 where he was in the Rugby 1st XV, won the 1909 long jump (18 feet 6.5 inches) and 1910 quarter-mile race (57 minutes 40 seconds).

    After Fettes, he went to Clare College, Cambridge where he received a Blue in 1910.

    He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion Highland Light Infantry (Glasgow Highlanders) and rose to the rank of Major. He won the Military Cross and was twice Mentioned in Despatches. He served for four years and two months being very nearly one of the few of the originals to make it through the war.
    He died of wounds received in action when he was hit by a rifle grenade.

    He was a much respected officer by men and fellow officers and organised sporting tournaments and spectacular fireworks during the war for his battalion.

    His elder brother, William, married Alexander Kirkwood Reid's (a fellow officer in the battalion) sister.

    His name is inscribed at the War Memorial at Coulter (a village south west of Glasgow) and also at Cargilfield Prep School.

    He is buried at Five Points Cemetery, Lechelle, Pas de Calais (Row D, Grave 8).

    Probate:
    MCCOSH Edward of Cairnhill Airdrie major H.L.I. died 26
    September 1918 in France Confirmation of Andrew
    Kirkwood McCosh and William Waddell McCosh iron
    masters and Robert McCosh writer to the signet.
    Sealed London 12 March.

    References:
    Email of his time at Fettes kindly sent by David McDowell, History and Politics Department at Fettes.

    "The Glasgow Highlanders" by Alec Weir.

    List of Varsity Rugby match commemmoration of 55 fallen blues:

    http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?/topic/220495-2014-varsity-rugby-match-commemoration-of-55-fallen-blues/

    Photo of gravestone at Five Points Cemetery:

    https://twgpp.org/information.php?id=3131170

    Profile of Edward McCosh in The Caledonian Club magazine, Summer 2015


    Edward McCosh





    McCosh mound, OLD MONKLAND CEMETERY





    McCosh mound





    Cargilfield Prep School memorial - Edward McCosh - Major





    Clare College Cambridg WW1 memorial.





    Edward McCosh is standing on the third row, the fifth from the right in the Moredun House Photo at Fettes in 1909





    Caledonian Club article


  • Change Date: 18 AUG 2016 at 18:10:09



    Father: Andrew Kirkwood McCosh b: 23 SEP 1841 in Dalry, Ayrshire
    Mother: Mary Smith Waddell b: ABT 1850 in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire
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