A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Freshwater -
- St Andrew's Church : George Frederick Cottrell -


Originally in the former St Andrew's Church, Norton, Freshwater, Isle of Wight. (Now a private house).
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

The Memorial is not listed in the War Memorials Archive Records.
Historic England Listing Status

The property is not Listed.

The present location of the window is not known. An inventory was made by the archdeacon of the Diocese of Portsmouth, dated October 1979, which it is thought was taken as plans for the closure of the church were being formulated. It states - "North side of nave - St. George and Sir Galahad (2 light) in memory of George Cottrell". The inventory also says that five of the seven memorial windows in the church, including the Cottrell window, were by [the firm of] Kempe, who was a leading Victorian Stained Glass designer.

No photographs known to exist

Interior of Church showing altar - this does not show the Cottrell window. (click to enlarge)

not recorded

Further Information

George Frederick Cottrell

Son of : George Anderson Cottrell and Mary Agnes Cottrell (née Smith), of The Prior, Follifoot, Harrogate.

Born : 27 October 1892, West Bromwich, Staffordshire.

Census Information :

1901 : not located

1911 : George A. and Mary Agnes Cottrell, with their children including 'G. Frederick' aged 18, are at 49 Sandon Road, Edgbaston. George A. Cottrell is Secretary at a Chemical Works, his son is an Army Student.

Service information :

2nd Lt. George Frederick Cottrell, 108th Heavy Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery.

Casualty information :

Died 11 May 1915, aged 22.

Buried at : Railway Chateau Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

CWGC record ...

Documents and newspaper cuttings :

Isle of Wight County Press

22 May 1915

It is with regret that we have to record the deaths of two gallant men, both well known at Freshwater, viz., 2nd-Lieut. George Frederick Cottrell, of the R.G.A., who was killed at Ypres on May 11th, and Trooper Ernest Green, [1] of the 6th Dragoon Guards, whose father Mr. A.W. Green, of Copse-lane, received the sad intelligence that he had been killed in Flanders on May 2nd. 2nd-Lieut. Cottrell was stationed at Golden Hill for some time before the war, and was a most promising and particularly smart young officer. He gained great popularity amongst the rank and file by the keen and active interest he took in all sport. He was the elder son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Cottrell, of Allandale, Sandon-road, Edgbaston. He was educated at Bromsgrove School and King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he was colour-sergeant in the O.T.C., and was awarded the Coronation medal. He entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in 1912, and there he was senior sergeant, and won prizes for infantry training and military law. He played football for the United Services and the Army. Receiving his commission in July 1913, he was, up to the outbreak of war, stationed at Golden Hill. In September last he left for the Front, and was attached to the ammunition column of the Indian Army, being posted to the 108th Heavy Battery R.G.A. in January. He was 22 years of age.

[1] Actually Edward George Green. See Additional inscription on his parents' headstone at All Saints' Churchyard, Freshwater.

Birmingham Daily Mail 18 May 1915

Cutting (date unknown) of King Edward's school sports day; Cottrell is mentioned in the 'House Team Race' (third race from the bottom of the list). Also you might notice that in the last race, the 'One Mile Flat Race' a certain J R R Tolkien came third!

De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

Commemorated on these Memorials :

War Memorial and Roll of Honour at St Augustine's Church, Edgbaston, Birmingham

His brother Harold William Cottrell also died and both brothers have their own memorial on the wall of the church (image 3 on the website page under 'The Memorials at St. Augustine's Church') Cottrell Memorial

The brothers are also commemorated on another stained glass window by Kempe at All Saints Church, Bingley, West Yorkshire. For a series of photographs of this, see the Flickr photstream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/30120216@N07/22367907162/in/photostream/

Links :

Charles Eamer Kempe (Wikipedia)

Stained Glass of Charles Eamer Kempe, and C E Kempe & Co (no mention of Isle of Wight)

Acknowledgments :

Mandy Allen & Peter Brown, for bringing the Memorial window to our attention

Caroline Dudley of Freshwater and Totland Archive Group, for information and photo; and Janet Griffin, for further research.

Nick Vernon, for contemporary cuttings.

Page last updated : 26 November 2018 (added link to All Saints Church, Bingley (with thanks to Caroline Dudley)


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