Early on February 26th 1945, his unit attacked enemy forces
which was a strategic position vial to the success of future military
His platoon suffered heavy casualties and Cosens assumed command. Supported by a
tank, he led another attack against three enemy strong points, which he
captured and took a number of prisoners single-handed. While on his way to
report this victory to his commander, Aubrey was killed by an enemy sniper
at the age of 23.
For his outstanding gallantry, initiative and determined leadership,
Sgt. Aubrey Cosens was posthumously awarded our Country’s
and Commonwealth’s highest declaration for valour: “The Victoria Cross”.
Only 16 Canadians were awarded the Victoria Cross in the Second World War.