Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Henry Cotton

In memory of:

Private Henry Cotton

May 1, 1900

Thaba Mount NR, Jacobsrust, South Africa

Military Service


Service Number:

7468

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Additional Information


Son of William Henry Cotton and Jessie (nee Penner). Also known as Harry.

Brother of Lieutenant Charles Penner Cotton, who died while serving with the Canadian Field Artillery, 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.

Private Cotton formerly served with the 43rd Ottawa and Carleton Rifles. The following is an excerpt taken from the book Le Livre d'Or, (The Golden Book) of the Canadian Contingent in South Africa, by Gaston P. Labat.

Harry Cotton, was the son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Henry Cotton, of the Militia Department Office, commanding the Ottawa district. He went away to South Africa as a member of D Company, first Canadian contingent, departing Quebec City on the 30 October 1899 on board the ship Sardinian. He arrived in Cape Town on 29 November 1899. The late Private Cotton was about 23 years of age, and since 1895 had been in the service of the Bank of Montreal. He was an efficient and popular employee. He was quite an athlete, being a member of the Ottawa Football Club, and of the Ottawa Rowing Club. In the regatta at Brockville, last year(1899), he was one of Ottawa's four-oared crew. In Kingston, where Mr. Cotton had previously been living, he was also identified with athletics. While stationed in Montreal he belonged to the Victoria Rifles, and with this corps gained his military experience. On going to the front with the first contingent he was granted a year's leave of absence with full pay by the Bank of Montreal. He fell gallantly at Thaba N'Chu on 1 May 1900.

Commemorated on Page 8 of the South African War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

THABA'NCHU
South Africa

Grave Reference:

N/A

Location:

Take N8 from Bloemfontein, left through Thaba'nchu on Van Riebeeck Street, on left are municipal buildings, turn right on Klerkhof Street and follow the dirt road for 200 m. The Canadian site is on the south side. Caution: The cemetery has not been maintained for many years, grass is very tall, watchout for dangerous snakes i.e. mambas and cobras. Squatter camp nearby, caution with valuables and car.

Digital Collection

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  • Gravemarker
  • Photo of Henry Cotton
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Renfrew Mercury for 15 June 1900.
  • Monument– A bronze statue and stone shaft in Confederation Park, 123 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON is a monument to the Ottawa volunteers who died in the South African War. Made by the sculptor, Hamilton MacCarthy, it was installed here in 1969, after several moves. Its original location was near the old City Hall which used to stand on Elgin Street. Some believe that the model for the soldier was the sculptor's son, Coeur de Lion MacCarthy, who made many of the carvings for the Centre Block. Other works by the father include the Champlain monument at Nepean Point and that of Ottawa mayor, Samuel Bingham, in Notre-Dame Cemetery in Vanier.
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[upper plaque/plaque du haut] 
ERECTED BY 30,000 CHILDREN OF OTTAWA AND ADJOINING COUNTIES IN MEMORY OF 
TPTR. G. BRADLEY
DR. R. BRADLEY
GR. E. PIGOTT
CPL. W.S. BRADY
PTE. O.T. BURNS
PTE. H. COTTON
CPL. C. THOMAS
PTE. E. DESLAURIERS
PTE. W.A. HULL
PTE. Z.R.E. LEWIS
PTE. F.J. LIVING
PTE. E. MCINTOSH
PTE. W.H.J. ROSS
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1900 - 1901 
[lower plaque/plaque du bas] 
http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/nic-inm/sm-rm/mdsr-rdr-eng.asp?PID=753
Photo Credit: Will Thompson; Hellmut Shade

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