Mid North Coast Pioneers - Newcastle to Lismore and beyond

Edwin COTTERAge: 49 years18801929

Name
Edwin COTTER
Given names
Edwin
Surname
COTTER
Birth about 1880 41
Citation details: 359/1880 COTTER EDWIN JOHN HENRY MARGARET HAY SYDNEY
Birth of a brotherNorman COTTER
about 1881 (Age 12 months)
Citation details: 2831/1881 COTTER NORMAN JOHN HENRY MARGARET H SYDNEY
Birth of a brotherAlbert “Tibby or Tibbie” COTTER
December 3, 1884 (Age 4 years)
Citation details: 129/1884 COTTER ALBERT JOHN H MARGARET H SYDNEY
Death of a maternal grandfatherJohn PATTISON
about 1894 (Age 14 years)
Citation details: 5313/1894 PATTISON JOHN JOHN MARGARET GLEBE
Marriage of a siblingArthur Dale COTTERKathleen Mary SANDFORDView this family
about 1906 (Age 26 years)
Citation details: 478/1906 COTTER ARTHUR D SANDFORD KATHLEEN M SYDNEY
Marriage of a siblingWilliam Henry COTTERJeanette CAMERONView this family
about 1909 (Age 29 years)
Citation details: Gedcom downloaded from Clan Cameron
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Citation details: 3033/1909 COTTER WILLIAM H CAMERON JEANETTE WOOLLAHRA
Quality of data: secondary evidence
Death of a brotherJohn COTTER
October 4, 1917 (Age 37 years)
Cause: Killed in action
Publication: The Glebe Society Inc. PO Box 100 Glebe NSW 2037
Citation details: May/June 2006 Page 8
The Cotter Family

Note: Downloaded from The Glebe Society Inc.

Note: On Anzac ridge as a result of a shell burst.
Death of a brotherAlbert “Tibby or Tibbie” COTTER
October 31, 1917 (Age 37 years)
Cause: Killed in action
Publication: The Glebe Society Inc. PO Box 100 Glebe NSW 2037
Citation details: May/June 2006, page 8
Text:

In part, Lyn Collingwood as written:

"After taking part in the final months of the Gallipoli campaign, he was deployed to Palestine. In May 1917 he was promoted to lance corporal, but at his own request reverted to trooper. On 31 October, while serving as a stretcher-bearer, he was shot dead by a Turk at close range at the third Battle of Gaza."

Note: Beersheba is a southern town on the edge of the Negev Desert, 75 kilometres south-west of Jerusalem.
Cotter - Albert
Cotter - Albert

Note: The dead bodies of Australian soldiers killed in the charge on Beersheba lie in a row on the ground. The dead men were members of the 12th and perhaps the 4th Light Horse Regiments. The body marked with an 'X' is that of 924 Trooper Albert (Tibby) Cotter of the 12th Light Horse Regiment. His elder brother Pte John Cotter, 4th Battalion, was killed in action in France less than a month earlier on 4 October 1917.


Burial of a brotherAlbert “Tibby or Tibbie” COTTER
November 1, 1917 (Age 37 years)
Address: Plot D Grave 50
Cemetery: Beersheba War Cemetery
Publication: The Glebe Society Inc. PO Box 100 Glebe NSW 2037
Citation details: May/June 2006, page 8
Text:

Lyn Collingwood has written, in part:

"Albert was buried in the Palestine 1 Beersheba War Cemetery. Now in Israel, Beersheba lies 43 kilometres south-east of Gaza. By July 1918, the cemetery contained 139 bodies, increased to 1,241 after the Armistice. The brothers’ war service, and their battalion colours, are featured on the Cotter family’s monument in Sydney’s Waverley Cemetery.

Note: Part transcription from his military record.
Note: By October 1917, General Allenby's force had been entrenched in front of a strong Turkish position along the Gaza-Beersheba road for some months, but they were now ready to launch an attack with Beersheba as its first objective. On 31 October, the attack was carried out by the XXth Corps (10th, 53rd, 60th and 74th Divisions) on the west, and the Desert Mounted Corps on the east. That evening the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade charged over the Turkish trenches into the town. The cemetery was made immediately on the fall of the town, remaining in use until July 1918, by which time 139 burials had been made It was greatly increased after the Armistice when burials were brought in from a number of scattered sites and small burial grounds. The cemetery now contains 1,241 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 67 of them unidentified.

Beersheba War Cemetery - Nov 2006
Beersheba War Cemetery - Nov 2006

Note: Downloaded from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Cotter - Albert
Cotter - Albert

Note: AWM H15569. Beersheba. An iron cross and eight wooden crosses erected by the 4th Regiment ALH over the graves of their fallen comrades.


Death of a brotherArthur Dale COTTER
about 1921 (Age 41 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 6087/1921 COTTER ARTHUR DALE JOHN HENRY MARGARET HAY NEWTOWN
Note: There is also this entry in the NSW Death Index with a different reference number to the source, but…
Death of a fatherJohn Henry COTTER
about 1922 (Age 42 years)
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 15726/1922 COTTER JOHN H 83 YEARS GLEBE GLEBE
Citation details: 8 November 2010
Text:

In part:

Hello Stuart, Just found this today, . No questions, yet, but some more info. re my Grandparents, Jeanette (no a) Cameron, who died in 1932,and Grandfather William Henry Cotter, who died in May 1950.

Two of his brothers died WW1, 3 weeks apart, John18883, October 1917, and Albert "Tibby", who died 31 October 1917 at the Battle of Beersheba. (18887)

Jeanettes daughter, Alison Nancy Cotter, born 1 1 1910, died in Nov 2009.

I have however, a difficult task finding correct details of my G Grandfather, John Henry Cotter 16335, born Nth England, who came out here at least before he was 22 or so,. He died 1922 Glebe Point Sydney, no parents names appear on anything. The family plot is at Waverley Cemetary. You may not have any ideas for me, but I hope. Good to add a bit more to your interesting site Thanks, Jan Smith

Note: The NSW Death Index entry being the correct entry is supported by the registration of the death of his wife, Margaret Hay, whose death in 1936, was also registered in Glebe.
Occupation
Draftsman

Employer: NSW Government Railways
Publication: Daily newspaper centred in Sydney
Citation details: Memoriums - 1 December 1930, page 10.
Text:

COTTER-In memory of Edwin Cotter, late draftsman, signalling branch, NSW Government Railways accidental killed December 1 1929. Inserted by his fellow officers, by whom he was held In high esteem.

Death December 1, 1929 (Age 49 years)
Cause of death: Accidentally killed
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 23658/1929 COTTER EDWIN JOHN H MARGARET H GOSFORD
Publication: Daily newspaper centred in Sydney
Citation details: Memoriums - 1 December 1930, page 10
Text:

COTTER-In memory of Edwin Cotter, late draftsman, signalling branch, NSW Government Railways accidental killed December 1 1929. Inserted by his fellow officers, by whom he was held In high esteem.

Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: about 1872Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
3 years
elder brother
2 years
elder brother
Australian Army CrestJohn COTTER
Birth: about 1875 36Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 4, 1917Ieper (Ypres), West-Vlaanderen, , Belgium
3 years
elder brother
Arthur Dale COTTER
Birth: about 1877 38Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1921Newtown, , New South Wales, Australia
4 years
himself
Edwin COTTER
Birth: about 1880 41Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 1, 1929Gosford, , New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
Norman COTTER
Birth: about 1881 42Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: about 1953Chatswood, , New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger brother
Cotter - AlbertAlbert “Tibby or Tibbie” COTTER
Birth: December 3, 1884 45Sydney, , New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 31, 1917Beersheba, Palestine

BirthBirths registered in New South Wales.
Citation details: 359/1880 COTTER EDWIN JOHN HENRY MARGARET HAY SYDNEY
OccupationNewspaper - Sydney Morning Herald
Publication: Daily newspaper centred in Sydney
Citation details: Memoriums - 1 December 1930, page 10.
Text:

COTTER-In memory of Edwin Cotter, late draftsman, signalling branch, NSW Government Railways accidental killed December 1 1929. Inserted by his fellow officers, by whom he was held In high esteem.

DeathDeaths Registered in New South Wales
Publication: New South Wales Government
Citation details: 23658/1929 COTTER EDWIN JOHN H MARGARET H GOSFORD
DeathNewspaper - Sydney Morning Herald
Publication: Daily newspaper centred in Sydney
Citation details: Memoriums - 1 December 1930, page 10
Text:

COTTER-In memory of Edwin Cotter, late draftsman, signalling branch, NSW Government Railways accidental killed December 1 1929. Inserted by his fellow officers, by whom he was held In high esteem.