COTTER, Francis James
(Service number 43913)

First Rank Lance sergeant Last Rank


Date 9 August 1885 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 11 November 1916 Age 31 years
Address at Enlistment Rose Street, Timaru
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience Volunteers - 3 years
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs Martha COTTER (mother), Rose Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4⅝ inches. Weight 143 inches. Chest measurement 33-36 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes ... Hair light brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing good. Colour bision normal. Limbs well formed. Full & perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart & lungs normal. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No slight defects. No fits.

Military Service

Served with New Zealand Armed Forces (?) Served in
Military District

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Date *1974 Age
Place of Death New South Wales, Australia
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Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis James Cotter was born on 9 August 1885 at Timaru, the son of Edmund Rogerson Cotter and Mrs Martha Cotter néw Glover.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5530 0028765) [01 March 2017]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 February 2017]; Timaru Herald, 24 December 1891, 22 December 1893, 21 December 1894, 23 December 1898, 5 January 1917 (Papers Past) [22 February 2017]

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