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Hedly Vasey POTTS

Regimental number2749
Place of birthMalmsbury, Victoria
SchoolMalmsbury State School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStockman
AddressMalmsbury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Height5' 4.5"
Weight159 lbs
Next of kinFather, Thomas Potts, Malmsbury, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*given name is Hedley
Age at death from cemetery records36
Place of burialRue-David Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 39), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
170
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Louisa POTTS, Mollison Street, Malmsbury, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to, and taken on strength of, 60th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Now, 25 August 1916, reported 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2180811: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 2257 Pte R.J. ALFORD, B Company, 60th Bn (patient, No 22 General Hospital, Etaples), 2 December 1916: 'I saw him hit on (sic) No Man's Land where he dropped, during the advance at Fleurbaix. We had to pass on. I saw no more of him.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, POTTS Hedly Vasey
Red Cross File No 2180811

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