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Regimental number924
Date of birth3 December 1884
Place of birthSydney, New South Wales
SchoolSydney Grammar School, New South Wales
Other trainingClerical
ReligionChurch of England
Address'Monteith', Glebe Road, Glebe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 8.25"
Weight166 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Henry Cotter, 'Monteith', Glebe Road, Glebe, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date15 April 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll15 April 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Light Horse Regiment, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/17/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 9 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Light Horse Regiment
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularInternational cricketer from 1904 to 1912
FateKilled in Action 31 October 1917
Place of death or woundingBeersheba, Palestine
Age at death33
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialBeersheba War Cemetery (Row D, Grave No. 50), Palestine
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Margaret COTTER, 266 Glebe Point Road, Sydney, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsBrother: 5678 Private John COTTER,4th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement; killed in action, France, 4 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine

Transferred to 1st Light Horse Regiment, Gallipoli, 13 November 1915; found guilty, 10 December 1915, of being drunk whilst on active servce, Gallipoli, 9 December 1915: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2; to Divisional Headquarters for punishment, 10 December 1915; returned to unit, 15 December 1915; after evacuating Gallipoli he disembarked at Alexandria, Egypt, 27 December 1915.

Found guilty, 21 February 1916, of being absent without leave from 7 am, 30 January, until night of 31 January 1916: awarded 14 days Confined to Barracks; fined £1.

Transferred to 12th Light Horse Regiment, Heliopolis, 22 March 1916.

To be Lance Corporal, 20 May 1917.

Reverted to Trooper at own request, 17 July 1917.

Marched out to Rest Camp, Port Said, 19 August 1917; rejoined unit, 29 August 1917.

Killed in action, Beersheba, Palestine, 31 October 1917 (gun shot wound).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, COTTER Albert

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