Birth date: 23 January 1892
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Paddington
Death date: 09 May 1915
Death place: Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Gallipoli
Final rank: Second Lieutenant
Service number: 365 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 13th Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 09 May 1915
  • Unit: 13th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of embarkation: 22 December 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

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Date of birth 1892-01-23
Date of embarkation 1914-12-22
Date of death 1915-05-09