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Regimental number1086
Place of birthClarendon, South Australia
SchoolMenzie ,WA.
ReligionChurch of England
AddressSommerville, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 7"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Isabel Bell, Sommerville, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 May 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll23 May 1915
Place of enlistmentKalgoorlie, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 29 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Machine Gun Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

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.
Recommendation date: 11 March 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBuried at Pozieres, France
FateDied of wounds 26 March 1917
Place of death or woundingProbably Lagnicourt, France
Age at death23
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialPozieres British Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 7), Ovillers-La- Boisselle, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edmund and Isabell COTTINGHAM, 5 McDonald Street, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 140
Date: 27 August 1917

Other details

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 1917

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COTTINGHAM Devereaux

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