image from 1916 Suffolk Chronicle and Mercury newspaper.


Born: 10th November 1884, Ipswich.

Died: 24th April 1916; age 31; died at sea.

Residence: 61, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.


Rank: Leading Deck Hand; Service Number: 9/SD

Regiment: Royal Naval Reserve, H.M.Trawler ‘Lena Melling’.


Grave Reference:


Old Ipswich Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George & Lydia Cotton, of 120, Cavendish Street, Ipswich; husband of Adelaide Cotton, of 61, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.




1891   2, Burton’s Yard, College Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Cotton, 32, a Grocer’s Carter, born Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

Lydia Cotton (nee Crane), 29, born Ipswich.

William George Cotton, 10, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Sarah Cotton, 2, born Ipswich.


1901   50, Wykes Bishop Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 17 years old, a Seaman. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 43, a Waterman – Rivers – Barge.

Lydia, 41.

William, 19, a Seaman.

Gertrude, 12.

Ellen Beatrice Cotton, 9 born Ipswich.

Ernest Cotton, 8, born Ipswich.

Leslie Cotton, 3, born Ipswich.


1911   61, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 27 years old, a Dock Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Adelaide, 26.

Wilfred, 4.

Leonard, 1.


In 1905, Ipswich, Charles married, Adelaide Vincent, born 1885, Ipswich. They had 2 children:

Wilfred Charles W. Cotton, born September 1906, Ipswich.

Leonard Percy Cotton, April 1909, Ipswich.


The funeral took place at the Ipswich Cemetery on Friday last of Charles Samuel Cotton, late of 61, Cavendish Street, Ipswich, who, whilst pursuing his duty as a minesweeper, met his death at sea on April 24th last. The remains were buried with full military honours, the coffin being borne to the grave on a gun-carriage, with firing party and buglers in attendance. The picture shows the coffin on the gun-carriage at the Cemetery, and inset a portrait of the deceased.

The minesweeper H.M. Trawler was sunk by a mine near the ‘Elbow’ Light Buoy, near Broadstairs, Kent. The mine was laid by UC-7, (Georg Haag). 11 persons were lost, 3 survivors.

Charles is also remembered on Holy Trinity Church Memorial Ipswich.


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  1. S K Warne says:

    My father was Arthur George Cotton and he lived in Cavendish Street and was also a seaman, I wonder if they are related.

  2. Sue Warne nee Cotton says:

    Hi Michelle, we are connected to the Cottons in Cavendish Street, what is your connection. I’m assuming your not our Michelle S Cotton.

  3. Sarah cotton says:

    Hi I think my family is also related as my grandfather is the son of Leslie Cotton 3 years old on the 1901 census

  4. Dave Double says:

    Hi, I am linked to your family because Ellen Beatrice, daughter of Georgevand Lydia, is my paternal grandmother.
    I would be very grateful for any information and/or photos to help with my research.
    For some unknown reason when my grandmother died in 1921 she was buried in an unmarked grave and she was never mentioned within family circles.

  5. Bradley Cotton says:

    Hello, I believe this is my great, great uncle??

    I was also a leading seaman mine warfare in the Royal Navy for 8 years.

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