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Regimental number1961
Place of birthKillygullib, Hervey Hill, Kilrea, Co Derry, Ireland
SchoolDurmagarner School, Kilrea, Co Derry, Ireland
Other trainingKelly's College, Brisbane, Queensland
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationTram employee
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 5"
Weight117 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary McCotter, Lasnagrot, Kilrae, Co Derry, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 November 1915
Place of enlistmentBrisbane, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name49th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/66/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A46 Clan Macgillivray on 1 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularLeft Brisbne 2nd May 1916. Segt. of 3rd Rfts of 49th Batt. Arrived in Egypt. Left Egypt 5th August, arrived in Salisbury Plains on 16th August. Was a Cadet in Kandahar Barracks, Tidworth. Passed exam for his commission. Division ordered to France, 24th November. (details from mother)
FateDied of wounds 26 March 1917
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialBailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row B, Grave No. 31), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary McCOTTER, Lisnagrot, Kilrea, Co. Londonderry
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 3 May 1916; disembarked Egypt, 13 June 1916.

Embarked Alexandria for England, 6 August 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 41st Bn, 23 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 November 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 1 December 1916.

Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 16 December 1916 (mumps); transferred to 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 17 December 1916; to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 18 December 1916; discharged to Base Details, 8 January 1917, and rejoined unit same day, in the field.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 11th Light Trench Mortar Battery, 12 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 25 March 1917 (gun shot wound, chest, perforating); died of wounds, 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 26 March 1917.
SourcesNAA: B2455, McCOTTER John

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