Lest we forget: Thomas John McCosker 5th March 1918 ~ 13th December 1998

Recently  we asked readers to send in pics of returned servicemen and women,  and of those who, sadly, didn’t.

One of those who came back was Thomas John McCosker.

Tom retired to Kaloma Home for the Aged. One of his carers, Phyllis Zirbel pointed us towards this story.

Thomas John McCosker was born in Toowoomba, Queensland on  March 5, 1918, second son of Bertram and Catherine McCosker of Boggabilla.

He lived most of his life in the Boggabilla district. He was educated at St Mary’s Convent of Mercy, Goondiwindi. Tom was an outstanding sportsman – excelling in cricket, tennis football and swimming.

Tom enlisted in the Army on  May 13,  1941, his service number was NX10305 and served in the Middle East and New Guinea. When Tom was discharged from the army on  November 14, 1945, he went to work in Sydney on the Trams. Tom married Doris May Chambers in Sydney in 1943.

A veteran to be proud of, Tom McCosker.

A veteran to be proud of, Tom McCosker.

Later Tom returned to Boggabilla with his wife and son and joined his father and brother in the Stock & Station Agency. There he remained until the Agency was sold. He retired, and lived privately until he moved into Kaloma. Tom passed away on 13th December 1998.

You can find this story in the book Kaloma: “A quiet & restful place”

You can find a copy at the Library or the family history room

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