Lieutenant Ralph Charles Fairbairn Cotton

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Reference WMO/295028


Holy Saviour's Church

Burlesdon Road



SO18 5EE


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Oval white marble tablet mounted onto a mottled marble backboard. Black inscription. Bronze Badge of the Hampshire Carabiniers Yeomanry in relief at the top centre of the tablet. Croix de Guerre depicted in relief at the bottom centre
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Sacred to the dear memory of Ralph Charles Fairbairn Cotton, Barrister-at-Law, (Winchester and New College) of Brydone in this parish, Lieutenant 1/1 Hampshire Yeomanry, attached 4th Squadron M.G.C. Cavalry. Mentioned In Despatches for services in Bourlon Wood Nov: 1917. Awarded the Croix-de-Guerre "For remarkable bravery and presence of mind" during the cavalry attack in the Bois des Essarts near Noyon on 26 March 1918 when he was mortally wounded. He died at Evreux on 28th March 1918 and was there buried aged 35. "Fidelitas vincit."

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