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Clarence POTTS

Regimental number553
Date of birth--/07/1895
AddressBon Accord, Borlaise Street, Willoughby, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, H Potts, Bon Accord, Borlaise Street, Willoughby, Willoughby, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date9 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, E Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned as 2nd Lieutenant 25 June 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant 24 October 1917
Unit from Nominal Roll45th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership in an attack. He led his company with great skill, capturing 150 prisoners and a battery of 5.9 guns. Later, after making a daring reconnaissance, he advanced his line 2,000 yards, and consolidated his position under heavy fire. He set a splendid example of coolness and determination to his company.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsFather: 3880 Pte Clarence Henry POTTS, 13th Bn, returned to Australia, 25 August 1917; Brothers: 709 Sergeant Alexander Henry POTTS, 2nd Bn, returned to Australia, 17 June 1916; 2760 Pte Donald McIntosh POTTS, 17th Bn, killed in action, 13 June 1916; Hector POTTS, Submarine Branch, Royal Australian Navy, returned to Australia.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. Also served in World War II. Captured at Singapore; became a prisoner of war in Changi, Singapore.
Miscellaneous detailsFull name: Clarence McIntosh POTTS

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