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Military Service

Final Rank

Second Lieutenant

Service Number

- First World War, 1914-1918

Birth date: 1892-01-23

Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Paddington

Death date: 1915-05-09

Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Gallipoli

Eric Roland Cotterill was born at Paddington, New South Wales on 22 January 1892 to parents George and Dorothea Cotterill. Prior to the First World War, he spent three years as a naval cadet and a further two years in the Naval Reserve. A warehouseman by trade, he enlisted at Rosehill on 21 September 1914 at the age of 22. 

Cotterill departed Melbourne with the 13th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Ulysses on 22 December 1914. By this time, he had already been promoted to sergeant. He served with 13th Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli and was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant on 8 May 1915. The following day, Eric Cotterill was killed in action and he is buried at Quinn's Post Cemetery, Turkey.