Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Charles Penner Cotton

In memory of:

Lieutenant Charles Penner Cotton

June 2, 1916

Sanctuary Wood, France

Military Service


Age:

25

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Field Artillery

Division:

2nd Brigade

Citation(s):

1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Order of St. George, 4th Class (Russia).

Additional Information


Born:

December 21, 1890
Kingston, Ontario

Enlistment:

September 3, 1914
Valcartier, Québec

Son of Jessie (nee Penner) and the late Major General William Henry Cotton, of Pinehurst, Almonte, Ontario.

Brother of Private Henry (Harry) Cotton, who died while serving with the Royal Canadian Regiment, and Captain Gordon Ross Penner Cotton, who died while serving with the Canadian Field Artillery.

Brother of Mary Eleanor, Elsie, and Dorothy who was a nursing sister in England, France and Russia during the First World War.

Commemorated on Page 71 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

IX. A. 7.

Location:

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is located about 12 kilometres west of Ieper town centre, on the Boescheepseweg, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre, the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching Poperinge, the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans-Vlaanderenweg. 800 metres along the N38 lies the left hand turning onto Lenestraat. The next immediate right hand turning leads onto Boescheepseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2 kilometres along Boescheepseweg on the right hand side of the road. From Calais, take the motorway A16 signposted Dunkerque/Lille. At Dunkerque take the motorway signposted Lille/Ypres, the A25. Leave the motorway at Junction 13, the village of Steenvoorde. Follow the D948/N38 signposted Ieper/Poperinge. After approximately 8-10 kilometres Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery will be signposted off to the right.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Charles Cotton– From: The Varsity Magazine Supplement published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto 1918. 
Submitted for the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto, by Operation Picture Me.
  • Photo of Charles Penner Cotton– From the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery section of a Web site at:
http://www.silentcities.co.uk
  • Newspaper Clipping– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Photo of Charles Penner Cotton– Photo from the National Memorial Album of Canadian Heroes c.1919. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  CORBI TO COZNI.  Microform Sequence 23; Volume Number 31829_B016732. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 167.  Page 361 of 900.
  • Roll of Service– From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
  • Grave Marker
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • The Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers' Tower was built at University of Toronto between 1919-1924 in memory of those lost to the University in the Great War. The names of the fallen were carved on the Memorial Screen seen at photo left. Photo:  K. Parks
  • Inscription– Inscription in Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower. The carillon was installed in 1927.  Originally there were 23 bells. Alumni and friends donated funds for bells in memory of those who fell in the Great War.  Dedications are carved high on the walls of the Memorial Room.  Bell XV is dedicated:  "Alpha Delta Phi". Photo courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial– Inscription in Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower. The carillon was installed in 1927.  Originally there were 23 bells. Alumni and friends donated funds for bells in memory of those who fell in the Great War.  Dedications are carved high on the walls of the Memorial Room.  Bell XXI is dedicated:  " 'Extol, ye bell, the virtue of our valorous men.' Alumni Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering". Photo courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room– Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto.  Photo by David Pike, 2010; courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Stained Glass– Ashbury College, Ottawa stained glass war memorial window Sir Galahad
  • Memorial Plaque– Memorial Plaque –  Lt. Charles Penner Cotton is remembered on this bronze memorial plaque. The plaque is found in the foyer of the Alpha Delta Phi Chapter House at 94 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ON.
  • Honour Roll– Lisgar Collegiate honour roll

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