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Pinxton Derbyshire
He was the son of Eliza Cotterill and the brother of Matthew, Harry, Lizzie and Emma Cotterill. In 1901 they lived at 3 Duke Street Bulwell Nottingham.
In 1901 he was an underground colliery ganger but by 1911 he had become a regular soldier serving with 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters at Gough Barracks Trimulgherry Deccan India.
12 Apr 1915
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2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Walter Morrison wrote to the local press, the Hucknall Dispatch, his letter was published 6th May 1915 with the news that Bulwell man, Pte. Marshall Cotterill, 2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, had succumbed to wounds on 12th April 1915. "A Bulwell Man's Death "We have received a letter from Lance Corporal W. Morrison, 2nd Sherwood Foresters, concerning the fate of Pte. Cotterill of Bulwell, who, as our readers are aware, was wounded several times before being killed by the Germans. Morrison states that Cotterill was on sentry in the morning in the listening post - a kind of sap head dug-out, about 150 yards ahead of their firing trench, when the Germans opened out with their artillery. Pieces of shrapnel hit him in his foot, ankle and also cut away part of his scalp. He lost enormous quantities of blood, and Morrison states that when he saw him he thought he would not last long. He died in the hospital and was buried the next day, where his relatives could, if they wished, see his lasting resting place. "The writer adds that he was sending some of the shell which killed Cotterill and also part of the clock face which is attached to the shell. "This gruesome relic has not yet come to hand and possibly it has been intercepted by the censor." In an article published on 15th May 1915 in Nottm Local Press states, Actually, it was delivered to Cotterill's mother, Eliza. On 13th May 1915 she smashed the windows of a 'German' butcher, Robert Miller, at 16 Commercial Road, Bulwell. All above articles are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Erquinghem-lys churchyard ex
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