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George Edwin Cotton

Date Birth: 27/09/1894Place Of Birth: SheffieldFather: Samuel Cotton Mother: Sarah Ann Cotton (later Dutton)Siblings: Samuel, Ellen, Albert E, MauriceDate Death: 25/04/1918Age Actual: 23Cemetery: Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension, Hangard Wood Rank: CorporalService Type: ArmyBattalion: 6th (and possibly 12th Miners)Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light InfantryService Number: 27154Service Record: George Edwin Cotton was the son of a cutlery caster from Sheffield, at 16 in 1911 he worked as errand boy for the cutlery works. He enlisted in Sheffield and earned a medal in Egypt on the 25th of December 1915. The only KOYLI Battalion to serve in Egypt was the 12th Miners, so he was probably with them at the time. On the 25th of December the Allied forces defeated the Senussi in the Sahara Desert, its not clear if the KOYLI was involved but this matches the date he earned his medal. George went on to serve with the 6th Battalion on the Western Front. He was killed in action on the 25th of April 1918. He had qualified for the British War medal, Victory medal and the 1915 Star medal. Census Years: 1901, 1911