Private PO/13385 HMS Princess Irene Royal Marine Light Infantry
Frederick Cottrell was born at Worplesdon 8 June 1883. The censuses record that Frederick Cottrell, 17, was a farm carter in 1901; and that in 1911 he lived at Melita Villa in College Road, was an agricultural labourer, and had been married two years and had three children.
At the start of hostilities he was on the reserve strength of the Royal Marines, having served from 1904 to 1910. He re-enlisted on 4 January 1915, and joined the minelayer, the Princess Irene, in March 1915.
The Surrey Advertiser 5 June 1915 reported that Frederick Cottrell had been one of the victims of an explosion on the Princess Irene. He died at Chatham, and his funeral at Ash Cemetery was semi-military in character. He and left a widow, Margaret, and six children.
The Naval Medal and Award Rolls record that he had earned the 1914/15 Star. His medals were sent to "Guardian of SON".
Frederick Cottrell was included in the memorial leaflet for the memorial service at St Peter's Church in 1915.