Regiment : 2nd/14th Battalion London Regiment (London Scottish)
Service number : 514965
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 5th April 1919 aged 20
Buried : Bromsgrove Cemetery, Worcestershire, England, Grave R. 19.
Relatives : Son of Jessie Cotton, of Finstall Cottage, Bromsgrove, and the late E.B. Cotton
Memorial : Aston Fields War Memorial
Also appears on : Bromsgrove St John the Baptist Church WW1 Memorial. Bromsgrove School WW1 Memorial with the information: M.C. Second- Lieut.
Additional information on the memorial: (2nd Lieut.) M.C.
Awarded Military Cross (M.C.)
Robert Cotton was born on 11th September 1898 and he attended Bromsgrove School from 1910 to 1912. After leaving school he became a member of the Bromsgrove Volunteer Detachment, and as soon as he reached military age he enlisted, serving first as Private 514965 with the London Regiment before being granted a commission in January 1918. Proceeding overseas April 1918, he was severely wounded in the leg on 15th October 1918 and was sent to the 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, being transferred to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Bournbrook, and later to the Southern General Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, where he died some months later. Lieutenant Cotton had been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the field in the course of the final operations in France: On the night of 5th September 1918, he was in charge of a raiding party; under his splendid leadership the raiding party was able to get within fifteen yards of the enemy posts before being observed. With great dash and courage he then led the rush again the machine gun posts; he showed great coolness and resource throughout.
He was one of three brothers all of whom gained distinctions in the war. He is the only O.B. killed in the Great War interred close to his School, in Bromsgrove Cemetery
Source: Bromsgrove School at War 1914-19 by Philip Bowen and Bromsgrove School at War 1914-19 by David Cross.