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Richard John Cottingham

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard John AWMM
  • Surname
    Cottingham AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • South African 2358 AWMM
    • South African 4697 AWMM
    • WWI 13/652 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 December 1880 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Khyber Pass, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Pre 20 September 1914 AWMM Suva, Fiji, Pacific Islands AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs Elizabeth Ann Cottingham (mother), Khyber Pass, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs C.M. Cottingham (wife), C/o W. Street, Cockburn Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    • Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Married AWMM
    • Pre 15 August 1914 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • South Africa Unknown AWMM
      Age 20 AWMM
      Agent/Civilian AWMM
    • WW1 20 September 1914 AWMM
      Age 34 AWMM
      Painter AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6.25 feet AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      160 pounds AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM
      Mortally wounded Gallipoli AWMM
    • Height, WWI AWMM
      6' 0.5" AWMM
    • Weight, WWI AWMM
      160 lb AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Father: Wolfran Cottingham (died 1928) who served as a drummer with No. 1 Battalion, Countess of Ranfurly's Own

    Mother: Elizabeth Annie Forster (died 1922)

    1906: Married Claribel Maud Vaughan (died 23 April 1931, aged 44). Claribel remarried in 1915 to Thomas Noton Fletcher (died 26 October 1938, aged 68)

    Brothers Richard John (2358 4697 13/652) and Wolfran (58/1021) Cottingham died in WW1

    Transferred from the 5th Contingent to the 7th Contingent New Zealand Mounted Rifles serving 2 years 221 days. Discharged in South Africa

    Attested in Suva, Fij and again at Auckland for WW1. Occupation on attestation in Suva described as clerk, and his employer F.E. Rishmenschneider

    Auckland Museum Boer War "NZMR- Uniform" display. Display item is a photograph of a section of the Fifth Contingent.

    Died of wounds received in action, 2 July 1915.

    Auckland Mounted Rifles/Samoan Adv & Main Body

    Father was named Wolfran Cottingham. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 July 1915 AWMM
    Age 35 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    No. 2 Outpost Cemetery, Turkey AWMM A.1. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM

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