Malcolm John Bernard COTTON

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COTTON, Malcolm John Bernard

Service Number: 24
Enlisted: 18 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Wilcannia , New South Wales, 10 November 1894
Home Town: East Maitland, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Maitland Boys High School
Occupation: Public Service clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Pozieres, France, 24 July 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Maitland High School Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

18 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 24, Sydney, New South Wales
18 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 24, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 24, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 24, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
4 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Infantry Battalion
8 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, GSW (head and legs)
28 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Infantry Battalion
16 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 2nd Infantry Battalion
24 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography

Malcolm John Bernard COTTON was born in 1894 in Wilcannia near Cobar NSW

His parents were James COTTON and Ada Ruth SPARKE

He had previous service in the Cadets and the Commonwealth Military Forces when he enlisted with the Australian Army on 18th August 1914 - 2nd Battalion, A Company - Unit embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Suffolk on 18th October 1914 - He was a Colour Sergeant with A Company and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant at Gallipoli on 4th August 1915.  He was wounded in action four days later and evacuated to Cairo hospital  for medical treatment. He recovered from his wounds and rejoined his unit on 12th October 1915.  Later while serving in France he was promoted to Captain on 16th April, 1916 and was then killed in action at Poziers on 24th July 1915. His name is inscribed on the Villers Bretonneux Memorial, France with others who have no known grave.

Newspaper article about his death (trove.nla.gov.au) 

 

Sydney Morning Herald - 16th August, 1916

Captain M J COTTON - Captain Malcolm J Cotton, son of Mr. James Cotton stock inspector of the Maitland district was killed in action in France on July 24. Captain Cotton was a native of Cobar and was 21 years of age.  He was educated in the Maitland Boys High School and prior to enlistment was engaged in the Public Service as a temporary clerk at Newcastle.  He went away as a Sergeant.  His brother Trooper Kenneth Cotton is in Egypt.

 

"...24 Sergeant Major Malcolm John Bernard Cotton, 2nd Battalion from East Maitland, NSW and an unidentified sailor from the American Navy cruiser Caroline. A 19 year old public servant prior to enlisting in the AIF on 18 August 1914, Cotton embarked for overseas as a Colour Sergeant with A Company from Sydney on 18 October 1914 aboard HMAT Suffolk. After being promoted to Second Lieutenant at Gallipoli on 4 August 1915, he was wounded in action four days later and evacuated to Cairo hospital for medical treatment. He recovered from his wounds and rejoined his unit on 12 October 1915. Later while serving in France, he was promoted to Captain on 16 April 1916 and was then killed in action at Pozieres on 24 July 1916. His name is inscribed on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France with others who have no known grave." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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