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  • CP
  • Kingston
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • Order of St. George, IVth Class (Russia). Son of Jessie and Maj. Gen. William Henry Cotton, of Pinehurst, Almonte, Ontario. His brother Ross Penner is also buried at Lijssenthoek. Another brother, Henry, died as a soldier in the South African war (1900); a sister, Dorothy, served as a nurse during WW1;
  • Ottawa Model School, C.I. Ashbury College; applied science 1909-1914
  • Student

Military service

  • 26 September 1914, Valcartier
  • Lieutenant
  • 2nd Brigade Canadian Field Artillery 5th Battery
  • 1st Canadian Division
  • C.E.F.
  • Enlisted in the 5th Battery, 2nd Brigade, C.F.A; reached France 1915; in June he obtained his commission in the 8th Battery


  • Sanctuary Wood; he was in command of two guns, brought up in a position near the front line to be used in case of emergency; they were discovered and fire was opened upon them; was reported missing; his body was found back 25 June and first buried in Maple Copse (according to the war diary)
  • Killed in action
  • 2 June 1916
  • 25
  • IX - A - 7



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