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Richard Joseph COTTER

Regimental number2391
Place of birthCork, Ireland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
Address147 Church Street, Hawthorn, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8.25"
Weight175 lbs
Next of kinFather, Michael Cotter, Derryginaugh, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date11 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll25 July 1916
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name59th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/76/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1917
Discharge date16 March 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked, Melbourne, 25 September 1916; disembarked, Plymouth, England, 11 November 1916; marched into 15th Training Barracks, 21 November 1916; proceeded overseas to France via Folkestone, 30 December 1916; marched into 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot, Etaples, France, 31 December 1916; marched out to unit, 6 February 1917; taken on strength of 59th Bn, 7 February 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance (gun shot wound cheek), 26 September 1917; to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, 26 September 1917; to 18th General Hospital, Camiers, 27 September 1917; transferred to England, 8 October 1917; admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road, England, 9 October 1917; to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 17 October 1917; discharged to Weymouth Command Depot, 19 October 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Persic' for discharge, 21 December 1917; disembarked, Melbourne, 12 February 1918; discharged (medically unfit), Melbourne, 16 March 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Victory Medal returned, 10 May 1923.
SourcesNAA: B2455, COTTER Richard Joseph

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