Henri Augustine Cotrel

Date of birth: 1892
Place of birth: Brighton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2nd
Rank / Service No: Private, 17757
Died: 13th July 1916, aged 23 years
Buried: Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1, France (Plot IV, RowD, Grave 20)


Henri was the oldest of 6 siblings born to Alfred Henri and Alice Elizabeth Cotrel (nee Dawson), who married in Horsham in 1891.

Alfred was born in Richmond, Surrey in 1872; Alice was also born in 1872 but in Southampton. She passed away in the city in 1905.

The family were living at 31 Orchard Place, St. Mary’s at the time of the 1901 Census.



Henri Augustine 

Marie Therese   b. 1894 Southampton   d. 1985 Hendon   Married Joseph Griffin in Marylebone in 1925.

Alice Phillipa   b. 1896 Southampton   d. 1982 Sutton

Louisa   b. 1899 Brighton   d. 1904 Southampton

Frederick Albert   b. 1897 Southampton   d. 1898 Southampton

Leah Levy   b. 1900 Southampton   d. 1900 Southampton


It is likely, based on his service number, that Henri joined the battalion after it returned from the Gallipoli campaign

He lost his life on the final day of the Battle of Albert (1-13July 1916); it is the official name for the British efforts in the first two weeks of the First Battle of the Somme.


A generally chaotic 2 weeks, with huge Commonwealth losses and seen overall as a military disaster.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016


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