Lance Sergeant Frank Charles Cotton

Service Army Service No. 10043
Rank Lance Sergeant
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, 8th Battalion (Service)
Date of Birth: 1889
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription COTTON F.C. SERGT. DEVON REGT.

Service History

He was at first reported 'missing' but was eventually added to those who were killed in Action at the Battle of Loos. He was one of a number of Dawlish men in the Devonshire Regiment, 8th (Service) Battalion who died in this action.

Association with Dawlish

Frank Charles Cotton was the second youngest child of Arthur Constant Cotton (1848-1922 ) and Susan Wollacott (1849-1926). They had eleven children, of which nine were still alive at the 1911 census.

Arthur was one of the most notable fishermen in Dawlish and in 1901 the family lived at the rear of Brookdale Terrace. By 1911, only the father and Frank Charles were recorded at Brookdale Cottage and both were fishermen. The mother, Susan, was working as a Sick Nurse to a family at 13 Strand, South View House, Dawlish.

Frank Charles Cotton married Polly Jane Heyward in Sampford Peverelll on December 26, 1914.

Devon Roll of Honour Cotton, Frank Charles, Sergt, Devon Regt, 25th Sep 1915, France
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Polly Jane Cotton, widow
Last Known Address: Brookdale Cottage, Dawlish

Frank Charles Cotton

Dud Corner Cemetery near Loos

Loos Centenary - Wreath from Devonshire Regt
Cap badge Devonshire Regiment
Cap badge -The Devonshire Regiment

Free Birth Marriage Death records

Extracts from Dawlish Gazette from collection in Dawlish Museum

Headstone of A C Cotton in Dawlish cemetery

Refs via subscription sites:

Forces War Records

Census returns

Heyward Family Tree(

Images: taken from the National Newspaper Archive, item of Devon & Exeter Gazette, with photo of Corporal Frank Cotton.