George Alexander Cozens
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|George Alexander Cozens|
1 August 1910|
|Died||31 September 1986
|Years of service||1921–1954|
|Commands held||British 70th Infantry Division British Forces|
|Battles/wars||Tobruk, El Alamein|
|Awards||KCMG; Mentioned in Despatches 2 times; Legion of Merit (United States); Croix de Guerre (France)|
Early life and family
Before the Second World War
In 1931, Cozens received a commission in the Light Infantry He later passed the Staff College and went on to serve as a staff officer in the Sudan in 1937 and on the British Military Mission to the Egyptian Army.
Second World War
Cozens was still involved in military affairs at the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1941, he was serving under General Sir William Platt in Abyssinia, after which he returned to General Headquarters in Cairo: there he was appointed to Special Operations and later Military Intelligence. During the latter part of the North African campaign, Cozens served as a Brigadier (General Staff) in the 8th Army Group.
After the war, Cozens spent the rest of his career with Military Intelligence. He retired from military service in 1954.
- Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George 1 January 1951
- Mentioned in Despatches 17 November 1941, 23 May 1946
- Officer, Legion of Merit (United States) 4 April 1946
- Croix de Guerre (France) 1947/48