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Frederick James COTTERELL

Regimental number45
Date of birth12 June 1889
Place of birthBirmingham, England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinMother, Mrs Cotterill, 155 Church Hill Road, Birmingham, England
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll3 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentTPR
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, A Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A29 Suevic on 21 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 September 1918
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)Transferred to 55th Battalion on 13 February 1916
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialHerbecourt British Cemetery (Row D, Grave No. 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and James COTTERELL, 155 Church Hill Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, England

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in command of an attacking wave, and showed great skill and judgment when the attack was beginning to lose direction. By skilful handling he quickly reorganized his men under a heavy barrage without casualties, and enabled the attack to continue. By his coolness, determination, and disregard of danger he inspired his men to fight their way through the enemy's defence.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 137
Date: 30 August 1918

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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