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  • RP
  • Kingston
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Youngest son of Jessie and Maj. Gen. William Henry Cotton, of Pinehurst, Almonte, Ontario. His brother Charles Penner Cotton 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;
  • Clerk

Military service

  • 23 September 1914, Valcartier
  • Captain
  • 19th Bn. Central Ontario Regiment attd. 3rd Bde.HQ / 1st Can.Div.
  • 4th Brigade
  • 2nd Canadian Division
  • C.E.F.
  • 72 - Seaforth Highlanders
  • Formerly belonged to the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders, Vancouver; appointed ADC to Brigadier-General Leekie in August 1915; commissioned Captain August 1915; at time of death attached for duty to 3rd Brigade Staff.


  • Valley Cottages
  • Killed in action, mortally wounded by a shell while leading a bombing detachment, together with Lt. Sachs (who also died)
  • 13 June 1916
  • 23
  • VI - A - 27



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