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Moisey Kotton

Born:
13 Sivan 5652 (08 June 1892)
Died:
13 Tishri 5679 (19 September 1918)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
KOT4367
Other first name:
Max
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
13 Sivan 5652 (08 June 1892)
Place of birth:
Kremenchug, Ukraine

Death

Date of death:
13 Tishri 5679 (19 September 1918)
Died in combat?:
Yes
Place of death:
France
Cause of death:
Killed in Action
Burial place:
Templeux-le-guerard British Cemetery
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Excerpt from Russian Anzacs in Australian History

Fear resonates, too, in the words of Moisey Kotton, a Ukrainian Jewish Anzac who arrived in Australia with other Russian emigrants travelling via the Far East. When applying for naturalisation, he wrote: 'Since I arrived in Australia I lived under the name of Max Kotton. The reason I done so was the fear being send back to Russia: I have not done any crime except leaving the country, which is a crime itself according to the Russian law.' In the end, though, he didn't have to worry about returning: a few months before the armistice he made the supreme sacrifice -- as an Australian, which he had wished to be.

Trouble Enlisting

With the outbreak of war he made several attempts to enlist in the AIF. The local newspaper reported when he finally succeeded in his attempts: ‘Mr. M. Kotton, who succeeded in passing the medical test, is a naturalised Russian, and is only 5 ft. high. The minimum height is 5 ft 2 in, and Mr. Kotton was pleased when he was admitted as a bugler. He is very anxious to get to the front’. He served with the 4th Battalion on the Western Front; in September 1918 he was killed in the battle south of Peronne.

Family

Parents

Father: Solomon Kotton (male)
Mother: Esther Kotton (female)

Homefront

Military Record

Military service:
Australian Military
Military record no.:
1235
Date enlisted/conscripted:
26 April 1916
Date discharged/death:
19 September 1918
Rank at discharge/death:
Bugler
Assignments
Regiment:
Australian Infantry Forces
Battalion/unit:
4th Battalion

Roll of Honour

M. KOTTON, 19 September 1918

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Private
Date of Death:
19/09/1918
Age:
26
Regiment / service:
4th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Cemetery:
Templeux-le-guerard British Cemetery
Grave reference:
I. E. 10.
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