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Arnold William POTTS

Regimental number1853
Date of birth9 September 1896
Place of birthPeel, Isle of Man
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressFarm School, Pinjarrah, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, William Potts, School House, Boulder, Western Australia
Enlistment date18 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentActing Sergeant
Unit name16th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 19 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 16th Battalion
Promotion date: 20 January 1916


Unit: 16th Battalion
Promotion date: 20 April 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169 (4 October 1917).

FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He handled his trench mortar battery with great courage and determination. Later, during an enemy counter attack his coolness and ability were largely responsible for the repulse of the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62
Date: 19 April 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1 January 1968 Kojonup, western Australia
Age at death71

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