Second Lieutenant Eric Roland Cotterill
|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.
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
Collection relating to the service of Lieutenant Eric Roland Cotterill, 13 Battalion, Egypt and Gallipoli, 1915. Collection includes copies of letters written by Cotterill home to family in Australia. Copies made 1928 by the Australian War Memorial. Location of originals unknown.
Maker: Cotterill, Eric Roland
|Date of birth||1892-01-23|
|Date of embarkation||1914-12-22|
|Date of death||1915-05-09|