John Albany Mackay Cousins

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Royal Armoured Corps

Medals: 1939–45 Star, France & Germany Star, Military Cross, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Lieutenant 255830

Parents: Reverend Alfred Edmund MC and Margaret Rothnie Mackay Cousins

Home address: The Rectory, Moreton, Dorset

Date of birth: 1922

Date of death: 28/10/1944

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery (Ref. 23. AA. 9.), Noord-Brabant, Netherlands and commemorated on Kingswood Church Memorial and St Nicholas Church Memorial Moreton Dorset

Age: 21

Further information:

11th Hussars Royal Armoured Corps.

John joined the Royal Armoured Corps wing at Sandhurst Officer Cadet Training Unit on the 12th June 1942. He left on the 11th December 1942 and was commissioned into the 11th Hussars. John along with his unit took part in the North West Europe Campaign, through Normandy Belgium and the Netherlands. He was designated Troop Leader of 4th Troop D Squadron and was killed during Operation Pheasant, the liberation of North Brabant. He and Lance Corporal Cartwright were killed at a crossroads between Dongen and Loon-op-Zand during an engagement with a German Self-Propelled gun. John was awarded the Military Cross posthumously for outstanding acts of bravery.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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