COTTAM, James Pte. 15266

James Cottam transferred to the Manchester Regiment as Private 44647 (date unknown) but was with the Pals when they left the town for training at Caernarvon in February 1915; he was known to attend St. George’s Church.

Other Information: There are four men of the same name on the 1911 Census living in Chorley – four are in their forties and one aged 12. If it is the latter, he enlisted under-age and may well have been transferred out by Lt. Col. Rickman prior to the Pals leaving for Egypt in late 1915.