This is taken from a long article about his son Tom which I won't produce in full here.
It may be of some use to those reseaching the 24th so the date and title of newspaper are shown below
Richard Cotter was discharged prior to the 16/11/1880. SAGS 1877-78 (Not at RD)[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Kentish Express - Friday 26 October 1962