QSA (5) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902, unofficial rivets between state and date clasps (5600 Pte. W. G. Cottle. Wilts.: Regt.);
1914 Star, with later slide clasp (5600 Pte. W. G. Cottle. 1/Wilts: R.);
BWM and VM (5600 Pte. W. G. Cottle. Wilts. R.);
Memorial Plaque (William George Cottle) in card envelope
William George Cottle was born in 1883 at Oxford. He attested for the Wiltshire Regiment on 19 September 1900 at Kilworth, Wiltshire and served with the 2nd Battalion during the Boer War. Following the outbreak of the Great War, he served on the Western Front with the 1st Battalion, as part of the 7th Brigade, 3rd Division, from 21 September 1914. He died of wounds at No. 6 Clearing Hospital, Bethune on 25 October 1914 - in the days before his death, his Battalion had seen heavy fighting at Neuve Chapelle during the Battle of La Bassée.
He was the husband of Sarah Ann Cottle, of the Causeway, Winterslow, Salisbury and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France.
Thomas Togbill was born at Box, Wiltshire in 1882 and joined the Wiltshire Regiment on 4 March 1899. Having served on St Helena guarding Boer Prisoners during the Boer War, by 1911 he was a shepherd living at Wadswick, Box, Wiltshire.