COTTAM, RICHARD 21204 Private 6th Battalion 38th Brigade 13th Division
THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT
Born Leyland Enlisted Preston Living Leyland
Killed in Action Mesopotamia 15th February 1917
Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.
Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 3rd March 1917
Official intimation has been received by Mr James Cottam, 13 Starkie Street, Leyland of the death in action on Feb. 15th, 1917 of his son Pte Richard Cottam of the Loyal North Lancs. Regiment (Capt. Hollins’s Company).
He enlisted June 7th, 1915. He was 21 years of age and was employed at the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company (his photo appears in this issue of the ‘Guardian’ but as Pte James Cottam – his father’s name).
Lancashire Daily Post Friday March 2nd, 1917
A report of Pte R. Cottam’s death, as that in the Chorley Guardian but with a small photograph.
Preston Guardian Sat. 3rd March 1917
Richard Cottam’s death reported as in the above reports.
Pte R. Cottam’s name appears on the following local memorials:-
War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland
St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland
Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
With no known grave Richard Cottam is commemorated on the:- BASRA MEMORIAL, IRAQ
Names of the ‘Loyals’ are commemorated on Panel 27. Age 21 son of Mr and Mrs James Cottam, 13 Starkie Street, Leyland. The memorial is within Basra War Cemetery, which is about 9 km north-west of Basra.
Leyland St. Andrew’s Baptismal Register
Bapt: 26th January 1896 Richard son of James and Mary Alice Cottam of Leyland, Drawer.
Note:- Place of death of Richard Cottam has not yet been established.
Cottam, Richard. WE Waring 2003