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John COTTER

Regimental number3815
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationFarmer
AddressLion Mill, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation41
Height5' 8"
Weight138 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Ellen Cotter, Lion Mill, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in South Africa 'until the termination of the war'.
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Place of enlistmentBlackboy Hill, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 12 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll51st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 19 October 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Western Australia Garden of Remembrance
Discharge date8 March 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Fremantle on HMAT 'Militades', 12 February 1916; disembarked, 11 March 1916; allotted to 51st Bn from 7th Training Bn, Serapeum, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria on HT 'Ivernia' and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 5 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 12 June 1916.

Admitted to hospital, 29 July 1916; discharged to unit, 31 July 1916.

Captured at Mouquet Farm with gun shot wound to left thigh, 3 September 1916, and reported as missing in action; listed as prisoner of war and interned in Germany, 9 November 1916; reported as having been transferred to Holland for internment, 14 April 1918.

Repatriated to England, 20 July 1918, and admitted to King George Hospital, London (severe malaria); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 26 July 1918; discharged on furlough, 31 July 1918. Marched into No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on HT 'Sardinia', 19 October 1918; disembarked 5th Military District, 16 December 1918. Discharged Perth, 8 March 1919.

MBV.
Date of death20 March 1935
SourcesNAA: B2455, COTTER John

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