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Cosens family in the Recreation Ground
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Cosens family in the Recreation Ground

This photograph of my family is typical of many taken during WW2 and is probably the work of a professional photographer.
The location is the Recreation Ground in Handcross beside the drinking fountain, which was removed many years ago.
My father, Edwin “Ted” Cosens, is wearing his Royal Artillery uniform, taken after receiving training in the UK, but before he was posted to the war in North Africa, and then Italy. He passed away in 2004.
He stands with my mother, Elsie Cosens, and their sons, from the left, Gerald, Alan, and Tony. I was not born then.
On 9th January 2013, my mother celebrated her 100th birthday in Pickering, North Yorkshire where she now lives, having lived most of the last century in Handcross, both in the High Street and then 29 Truggers. She was born in Whiteman’s Green, Cuckfield. Since then she has acquired 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.
Click on Open Document for a view of my father’s RA badges. The Latin motto translates to “Where Right and Glory Lead”. The “Ubique” (“Everywhere”) was added in 1833 by William IV in recognition that the regiment served on all fields of battle.
The Large Version shows my mother proudly holding a framed birthday card received from the Queen.

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Picture added on 15 September 2013 at 10:30
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As a lad I used to know Mr Ted Cosens, he had an embossed smoking tin with the letters TED that he crafted himself, and a black Austin car, maybe an A30, which he loved!
He had many hand-crafted wooden figures in his garden, and loved the Parish Hall jumble sales with his wife. He was a lovely gentlemen.
There used to be a plinth like that in the photograph, which was there in the 1970s and 1980s. At that time there was a large wooden seesaw and wooden swings (later metal), a slide, and two very large trees either side before the 1987 storm.
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