Augustine COTTER

COTTER, Augustine

Service Number: 701
Enlisted: 11 November 1914, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 7th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 10 January 1893
Home Town: Fassifern, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: St Mary's, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Blacksmith
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 28 June 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli
Plot 111, Row D, Grave 37 Chaplain Father Bergin officiated Headstone inscription reads: May the sacred heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Newcastle (Gardner Memorial) War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 701, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Enlisted at Liverpool, NSW
16 Dec 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Prior to embarking
5 Feb 1915: Involvement Sergeant, 701, 7th Light Horse Regiment, ANZAC / Gallipoli
5 Feb 1915: Embarked Sergeant, 701, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Saldanha, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of William James and Rose Kate Cotter of Railway Station, Fassifern, NSW

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

107 years ago today, on the 28th June 1915, Sergeant Augustine Cotter, 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment (Reg No-701), blacksmith (Walsh Island Government Dockyards, Newcastle, N.S.W.), of Railway Station, Fassifern, New South Wales, was Killed in Action on the Gallipoli Peninsula, age 22.

Born at Newcastle, New South Wales on the 10th January 1893 (as Augustin) to William James (died 25.5.1936) and Rose Kate (Katie, died 28.7.1946) Cotter, Gus enlisted November 1914 at Liverpool, N.S.W.

Resting at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey. Plot III Row D Grave 37.

Mr. Cotter’s name has been inscribed on the Toronto Soldiers' Memorial, Toronto Red Cross Honour Roll, Gardner Memorial (photos, unveiled on the 16th September 1916, 15 names originally inscribed. 73 names now inscribed of the Fallen) and the St. Mary's-Marist Bros' School (Newcastle) Honour Roll. Name possibly inscribed on the Newcastle Technical College Roll of Honour (unveiled on the 13th June 1917, over 100 names inscribed, whereabouts unknown). 

There is no headstone at the clearly marked curbed gravesite of the Cotter family, therefore no memorial inscription to tell us of their son’s supreme sacrifice during The Great War, so December 2017 I placed a Memorial cross adorned with poppies in remembrance of Gus’s service and sacrifice for God, King & Country. CATHOLIC 2-32. 61.

Older brother William Robert (7th Australian Light Horse Regiment, Reg No-702, born 1885, Newcastle, N.S.W., died 21.12.1962, resting at Murwillumbah Catholic Cemetery, photo 6) enlisted same day.

Older brother John Sylvester (7th Australian Light Horse Regiment & Army Postal Corps, Reg No-1623, born 1887, Newcastle, N.S.W., died 1966, Balmain, N.S.W.) also served 1st A.I.F.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

Lest We Forget.