|Place of birth||Clarendon, South Australia|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Sommerville, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||22|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Isabel Bell, Sommerville, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||28th Battalion, C Company|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/45/1|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on
|Two ships sailed from Fremantle carrying men from the 28th Battalion Headquarters, and Companies A, B, C and D. From embarkation records it is not possible to distinguish exactly which ship each man sailed on. They are: 30 officers and 982 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A11, 'Ascanius', on 29 June 1915 and 12 others embarked at Fremantle, Western Australia, on HMAT A36, 'Thirty-Six, on 12 July 1916.|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||7th Machine Gun Company|
|Recommendations (Medals and Awards)||
For conspicuous gallantry in action near Warlencourt on the night of 1-2 March 1917, when he displayed great judgement and resource in the handling of his machine gun.
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Buried at Pozieres, France|
|Fate||Died of wounds
|Place of death or wounding||Probably Lagnicourt, France|
|Age at death||23|
|Age at death from cemetery records||23|
|Place of burial||Pozieres British Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 7), Ovillers-La- Boisselle, France|
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Parents: Edmund and Isabell COTTINGHAM, 5 McDonald Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia|
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915; evacuated Gallipoli and disembarked Alexandria, 10 January 1916.
Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, Tel-el-Kebir, 21 January 1916 (febricula); transferred to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, 26 Jnuary 1916 (ingrown toenails); to Convalescent Depot, Helouan, 3 February 1916 (malaria); discharged to duty, 10 February 1916; marched into Overseas Base, 10 February 1916; returned to duty, 6 March 1916.
Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 21 March 1916.
Admitted to 6th Field Ambulance, France, 1 June 1916 (bullet wound, left knee); transferred to 8th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 June 1916; to Australian Hospital, Wimereux, 10 June 1916; to No 5 Convalescent Depot, 10 June 1916; to Base Details, Etaples, 18 June 1916.
Found guilty, 24 July 1916, of (1) being absent from bathing parade; (2) hesitating to obey an order given by an N.C.O.; (3) smoking on parade ground after parade hours, 23 July 1916: awarded 5 days' confined to camp.
Taken on strength, 7th Machine Gun Company, France, 11 August 1916.
Admitted to 7th Field Ambulance, France, 21 December 1916 (pyrexia of unknown origin); transferred to 6th Field Ambulance Rest Station, 21 December 1916; to Anzac Rest Station, 21 December 1916; discharged to duty, 14 January 1917; rejoined 7th Machine Gun Company, 15 January 1917.
Found guilty, 23 February 1917, of conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline in that on 22 February 1917 he was drunk and creating a disturbance after lights out: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 2.
Wounded in action, 25 March 1917; admitted to 5th Field Ambulance, 25 March 1917 (gun shot wound, thorax); transferred to No 3 Casualty Clearing Station, 25 March 1917; died of wounds, 26 March 1917Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, COTTINGHAM Devereaux|