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1961   Lance Corporal John McCotter
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 22/01/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Australian Light Trench Mortar Battery (Australian Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/11/1893
Died: 26/03/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 23
John McCotter was the eldest son of John and Mary McCotter. He was born on 19th November 1893 in Killygullib, Hervey Hill, Kilrea. His father was a farmer. John emigrated to Australia about 1913. Prior to enlisting, John worked as a Tram employee in Brisbane. John McCotter enlisted in Brisbane on 30 November 1915. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 1st December 1916. He was admitted to hospital in with mumps. He returned to his unit in January 1917 Lance Corporal John McCotter was serving with the 11th Light Trench Mortar Battery when he was wounded in action on 25th March 1917 with a gunshot wound to the chest. He died of his wounds the following day on 26th March 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension
  Bailleul, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave III-B-31
CWGC Casualty 200469
Bailleul is a large town in France, near the Belgian border, 14.5 Kms south-west of Ieper and on the main road from St. Omer to Lille. From the Grand Place, take the Ieper road and 400 metres along this road is a sign indicating the direction of the cemetery. Turn right into a small road and follow for approximately 400 metres. The cemetery is on the right and the Communal Cemetery Extension is at the bottom end.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Kilrea War Memorial - WW1 Kilrea
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 Forgotten Heroes of Kilrea 1914-18 41
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists McCotter family 1901 census lists John as age 7 living with the family at house 58 in Killygullib Glebe, Hervey Hill, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists McCotter family 1911 census lists John as age 17 living with the family at house 13 in Lisnagroat, Tamlaght, Londonderry
3 AIF Project Details of John McCotter
4 Australian Embarkation Roll Embarkation Roll - John McCotter
5 Australian Military Records 32 documents regarding Lance Corporal John McCotter
6 Australian Nominal Roll Nominal Roll - John McCotter
7 Australian Roll of Honour Roll of Honour - John McCotter
8 Photo of Lance Corporal John McCotter's grave
9 Kilrea War Memorial John McCotter listed on Memorial
10 Returned Services League Photo of John McCotter
11 The Queenslander, Brisbane Newspaper report including photo
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023