About Digby Rex Bell Cosh
Lt. Commodore Digby Cosh, DSC, RCN. He was a young man with enormous promise. A sailor, a sportsman, he was much loved and admired by his whole family. In 1944, he led a squadron of Wildcats in a raid on the Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord. When he was killed practicing dives in a Spitfire a few months later, they were devastated. Beverley's son, his nephew who was born 5 years later, was named after him.
His final letter home was to Beverley. It arrived 6 days after his death:
"June 4th / 44 ~ Rec’d 30/6/44
M’dear Beverley -
You old bag! Here I am fighting (drinking) my guts out all over Europe and North Africa (I was there!) and whaddya know? My sister finally writes! I was very glad to receive your parcel of coloured funnies. Anyway, you old hag. Are you still the most beautiful babe in Ottawa, or are you letting the family down? I have been telling the boys in the Fleet Air Arm for the past three years that if they want fun, just look up the old sea hag in Ottawa.
I suppose you heard that I am now a bemedalled veteran. One day I woke up and went to breakfast (which I very promptly spewed up later) and some guys said that I had got the DSC and a mention. This shook me no end, but just the same I was very pleased. I have now got 3 gongs sewn on my chest and a fig-leaf. I look like a Yank on leave in London. My troops are all very pleased – they are a grand lot.
Anyway, I have been thinking it is a good thing for Mum and Dad. Mum paid a lotta dough for me to go to college, and now I go to Buck House and shake hands with George!
I have just had two weeks glorious leave in Essex (Brentwood) in the country staying with some friends of Hank’s. Never a dull moment, and lots of noggins of beer. Of course the odd bit of riding and shooting to keep me fit! Well there isn’t much more news. I would like to go home to Canada for a week or so, but I don’t think I can at the moment.
Love to all,
Your BIG brother, Digby"
Digby is buried at Kirknewton (St. Gregory) Churchyard in Northumberland, UK. Grave no. 11. The church houses a stained glass window in his memory, depicting the Archangel Michael, patron saint of parachutists and pilots.