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Montague Arthur Finch Cotton

Montague Arthur Finch Cotton

Captain 6th Battalion, London Regiment (City of London Rifles)
Died 18 May 1915 aged 29
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert, Pas-de-Calais
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary's Church

The Cotton family lived at St Katherines in Hutton Road 1909-11.

The Surrey Advertiser 29 May 1915 reported that Captain Cotton had owned a country residence in Ash Vale for some years. Mrs Cotton (his mother Kate) had helped with the organisation of many concerts and bazaars in the village, and had taken a great interest in the provision and maintenance of the Foxhurst Military Convalescent Home. As a member of the London Regiment he had been sent to the front at an early stage in the war and was killed at Festubert. Educated at the City of London School, he had entered journalism at the age of 17. The Surrey and Hants News 28 May 1915 added that he had been editor of the overseas edition of the Daily Mail, and then editor of the Weekly Despatch.

Captain Cotton's medals card records that he was awarded the 1914/15 Star.

In August 1915 probate was granted to his widow Mary Lovelace Cotton and Cyril Henry Chadwick Esq. , and his address was given as 5 Ormonde Mansions, 100a Southampton Row, Middlesex. His effects were valued at £1627 18s 9d.

The Bond of Sacrifice records that Montague was the only son of Arthur George Cotton Esquire and his wife Kate; and the grandson of Adolphus G Pinch Cotton, late Captain in Queen Victoria's bodyguard. The Bond of Sacrifice describes his career as a journalist, and his military career. (See Find My Past.)

Image reproduced with kind permission of Find My Past (

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