Henry John Dyer Cossins

Paul R. Hughes

Royal Field Artillery Born: 25 July 1882

Henry was born at 3, Devonshire Villas in Bath, the son of William Brown and Sarah Ann Cossins. After completing his education he became a schoolmaster and joined the staff at Taunton School, where he held the post of Master of the Army Class. He was also the platoon commander of the Officer Training Corps. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he joined a service battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment as an instructional officer and then in 1915 he was appointed Second Master at Campden Grammar School, where he became known as “DixeyCossins. Over the next three years Henry was the Officer Commanding the Cadet Corps and he moulded them into an efficient unit. His wife, Mabel Annie Dalton, whom he married in Kent in 1914, ran the boarding house in Campden for the girls who attended the Grammar School.

In 1918 Henry left the school to join the Royal Field Artillery. Owing to the great difficulties of catering and to failing health Mabel was unable to continue the boarding house during the absence of her husband on military service.

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