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James Harold POTTER

Regimental number186
Place of birthNorth Carlton Victoria
ReligionBaptist
OccupationSalesman
Address915 Rathdown Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinJames J Potter, 915 Rathdown Street, North Carlton, Victoria
Enlistment date18 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Field Ambulance
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 16 October 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at BELLEVARDE RIDGE outside YPRES, on 5th October 1917. While driving a Horse Ambulance Wagon containing 10 wounded men it was capsized and the horses wounded by the explosion of a shell. This Driver along with Dvr. E. CHENOWETH immediately set off under heavy shell fire and removed the wounded to a place of safety, thus undoubtedly saving many lives. He displayed the greatest gallantry while working continuously for 30 hours under heavy shell fire, and by his dogged devotion to duty did much to maintain the line of evacuation of the wounded of this Division.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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