|Place of birth||Cork, Ireland|
|Address||147 Church Street, Hawthorn, Victoria|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Father, Michael Cotter, Derryginaugh, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||59th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/76/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||59th Battalion|
|Fate||Returned to Australia
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 MedalVictory Medal returned, 10 May 1923.
|Sources||NAA: B2455, COTTER Richard Joseph|