World War I Soldiers Remembered: George Walker Cosby

23 Mar
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George Walker Cosby entering service 1917

George Walker Cosby was born December 5, 1890 in Goochland, Virginia. George was a 27 year old saw mill operator when he was drafted on October 27, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, short and had brown eyes and dark hair. George’s father was William Cosby and his mother was Cora Hackett.

Cosby was inducted into service on November 1, 1917 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to 69th Company, 18th Training Battalion. He was later transferred to the 513 Engineers. He left Newport News, Virginia on April 29, 1918. He arrived at Bordeaux, France on May 13, 1918. By May 17, he was in Nantes, France.


USS Mexican

After the war, Cosby arrived back in the United States at New York aboard the USS Mexican on June 8, 1919 and was officially discharged on July 8 of the same year. About his service, he wrote that he “was willing to do my duty” and though “not engaged in fighting” the effects upon him were “beneficial.”

Cosby listed his occupation after the war as farmer and he apparently stayed in the Goochland and Richmond area. He passed away on May 9, 1947 at the age of 56 and is buried in the Cosby family cemetery in Rockville, Virginia.

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Discharge photo 1919

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at


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