Birth date: 23 January 1892
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Paddington
Death date: 9 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

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of Death: 9 May 1915
  • Unit: 13th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of embarkation: 22 December 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Collection Items

Private Record

Cotterill, Eric Roland (Lieutenant)

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

1DRL/0217 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters from Eric Roland Cotterill to his Mother, 1915

Photostat copies of letters relating to the First World War service of 2nd Lieutenant Eric Roland Cotterill, 13th Battalion. The original letters were written by Eric Cotterill to his Mother in Australia between 11 January and 7 August 1915. Cotterill's letters recount his voyage under escort of...



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