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Sneinton Nottingham
He was the son of Joseph and Emma Cotton and the brother of Edward, Joseph, Henry and Kate Cotton. The family address was 6 Independent Hill Colwick Street Sneinton Nottingham.
He was a lace dresser
11 Nov 1915
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451082 - CWGC Website
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He enlisted 23/6/1902 weighing 122 lbs and standing 5'5" tall. He was re-engaged during the Great War. 19/1/1915 he qas awarded 10 days Field Punishment No 1 for 'being in a public house after hours and using obscene language to an nco drunk'.
Private
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
'B' Coy Field Punishment was introduced in 1881 following the abolition of flogging, and was a common punishment during World War I. A commanding officer could award field punishment for up to 28 days, while a court martial could award it for up to 90 days. Field Punishment Number One, often abbreviated to ‘F.P. No. 1’ or even just ‘No. 1’, consisted of the convicted man being placed in fetters and handcuffs or similar restraints and attached to a fixed object, such as a gun wheel or a fence post, for up to two hours per day. During the early part of World War I, the punishment was often applied with the arms stretched out and the legs tied together, giving rise to the nickname ‘crucifixion’. This was applied for up to three days out of four, up to 21 days total. It was usually applied in field punishment camps set up for this purpose a few miles behind the front line, but when the unit was on the move it would be carried out by the unit itself. It has been alleged that this punishment was sometimes applied within range of enemy fire. During World War I Field Punishment Number One was issued by the British Army on 60210 occasions. Field Punishment Number One was eventually abolished in 1923, when an amendment to the Army Act which specifically forbade attachment to a fixed object was passed by the House of Lords. (Wikipedia)
His personal effects were a wallet, two religious books, a letter, a card, four photos and a mirror. La Brique Military Cemetery No.2
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