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Remembered Today:

In loving memory of John Washington Cotter


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I hope this isn't in the wrong place but I wanted to give my respects to my great great grandad. Gunner John Washington Cotter, 44814 8th T.M. Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery. He died aged 30 on the 18th September 1915. His theatre of war was France and Flanders. He has no known grave and is remembered with honour on panel 1 of Le Touret Memorial. He is the seated man on the left with his hands together. I am still searching for more information on him. I find this photo so sad, I want to pull him out of it and save him his fate.


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Let those who come after remember their names.

He will be remembered.

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Thank you. I often stare at his photo and wonder if he saw some action before the first WW. He has that absent stare of a man who has seen previous horror and he looks nervous.

The search for information on him continues.

Thanks again :)

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This is the right place to post it; hope you find out more.

May he Rest in Peace.

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  • 2 years later...


A few comparables for you with enlistment numbers - these men were recruted across the country and all reported for training at Gosport.

Michael O' Donnell RGA 44853 attested 9 October 1914

John Smith RGA 44864 attested 8 October 1914

Robert Uttley RGA 44869 attested 9 October 1914

Michael Vizzard RGA 44842 attested 8 October 1914

Eli Woodman RGA 44863 attested 9 October 1914

Your g. grandfather enlisted around the first week in October 1914.


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