Sergeant Aubrey Cosens, V.C. 1921-1945

Born in Latchford and raised near Porquis Junction, Cosens enlisted in the Argyle and Sutherland Regiment, Canadian Active Service Force, in 1940 and transferred to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada in 1944. Early on February 26, 1945, his unit attacked German forces at Mooshof, Holland, a strategic position vital to the success of future operations. 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 single-handed. He later was killed by a sniper. From his "outstanding gallantry, initiative and determined leadership," he was posthumously awarded the Commonwealth's highest decoration for valour, the Victoria Cross.


On Highway 11, just south of the northern junction with Highway 67, near Porquis Junction

Region: Northern Ontario

County/District: District of Cochrane

Municipality: Town of Iroquois Falls