COTTAM, RICHARD 21204 Private 6th Battalion 38th Brigade 13th Division


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