George Alexander Cozens

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George Alexander Cozens
Born (1910-08-01)1 August 1910
Clapham, London
Died 31 September 1986(1986-09-31) (aged 76)
Balham, London
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1921–1954
Rank Lieutenant-General
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)

Lieutenant-General George Alexander Cozens, KCMG, (1 Aug 1910 – 31 Sept 1986) was an officer in the British Army.

Early life and family[edit]

Cozens was educated at Eton, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. In 1939 Cozens married Helen Barnes in London. They had a son, Keith Alexander Cozens, and a daughter, Brenda Joyce Cozens.

Military career[edit]

Before the Second World War[edit]

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[edit]

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.

In April 1944, Cozens was promoted Lieutenant-General and was later appointed Assistant Chief to General Ronald Scobie.

Postwar service[edit]

After the war, Cozens spent the rest of his career with Military Intelligence. He retired from military service in 1954.