Sergeant William Edward Douglas Cottrell

Sergeant William Edward Douglas Cottrell

© 2015 Royston Williamson

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

William Edward Douglas Birth Registration Transcription ©
William Edward Douglas Cottrell Baptism Certificate ©

William Edward Douglas Cottrell was born in the 3rd quarter of 1888 in Allerton, Liverpool, Lancashire to butler William Cottrell and Sophia Cottrell nee Todd. He was baptised on the 22nd of September 1888 at All Hallows church, Allerton. At the time of the baptism William was working as a butler and the family lived at Woolton.

William Edward Douglas Cottrell 1901 Census ©

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Broomehall Farm in Dorking, Surrey. Sophia was looking after their children William and Evelyne Janet Mary.

William‘s father William Cottrell died in the 1st quarter of 1904 in the Registration District of Dorking, Surrey.

William Edward Douglas Cottrell Canadian Passenger List 1910 ©

On the 20th of May 1910 William Cottrell arrived on SS Victorian from Liverpool, England to Quebec, Canada. His occupation is stated to be a carpenter and he was a member of the Church of England.

At the time of the 1911 Census, William´s mother Sophia Cottrell lived at 28 Hart Road in Dorking. The household further comprised of Sophia‘s daughter, dressmaker, Evelyne and boarders, outfitter´s assistant John Woods and carpenter Martin Miller. The house had five rooms. Sophia stated that she had given birth to two children.

William Cottrell became part of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regiment). He was a Sergeant with regimental number 113149.

On the 4th of January 1917 William was mentioned in dispatches.

William Cottrell was instantly killed by a shell while standing outside a pill-box on the 24th of October 1917 during the 3rd Battle of Passchendaele.

William Edward Douglas Cottrell Canadian Military Honours and Awards Citation Cards ©

William Cottrell is commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium on Panels 30 and 32. He was said to be buried at Chester House Cemetery.

Cottrell Family History

William Edward Douglas´ father William Cottrell was born about 1854 in Little Neston, Cheshire to agricultural labourer and farmer Edward Cottrell, born about 1823 in Ness, Cheshire and Mary Cottrell, born about 1831 in Thornton Moors, Cheshire. William Cottrell was baptised on the 1st of October 1854 in Neston. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Little Neston and Edward was working as a labourer. At the time of the 1881 Census, William Cottrell was a butler residing at College, Kirkoswald, Cumberland.

William Edward Douglas´ mother Sophia Todd was born in Keir Mill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland to mechanic Thomas Todd.

William Cottrell and Sophia Todd married, by Banns, on the 12th of August 1885 at All Hallows church, Allerton, Liverpool, Lancashire. At the time of the marriage William lived at Woolton and was working as a butler. Sophia lived at Allerton.

William Edward Douglas Cottrell had one sister: Evelyn Janet Mary Cottrell was born about 1889 in Woolton, Liverpool, Lancashire.

His mother Sophia Cottrell of 28 Hart Road, Dorking died on the 23rd of January 1924. She left to her daughter, spinster, Evelyn Janet Mary Cottrell £409, 9s and 6d in the Probate.

Son of                     The late William and Sophia Cottrell

Enlisted                   Dorking

Regiment                 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Central Ontario) Regiment
Number                   113149

Date of Death           24th October 1917
Place of Death         Flanders
Cause of Death        Killed in Action

Age                           29

Memorial                 Ypres (Menin) Gate Memorial