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Roy Edred POTTS

Date of birth24 October 1889
Place of birthAldgate, South Australia
OccupationSchool teacher
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, Rev George Potts, Irvine Street, Cottesloe, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of chest)
Enlistment date18 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 November 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name48th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT Port Melbourne on 30 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 1 November 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. By skilful leadership led two platoons through a heavy barrage without casualties, to reinforce a front line company. Later, when all communication with the left flank was broken this officer volunteered to cross the open under intense fire in full view of the enemy, and succeeded in delivering a message.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Bar to Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 4 March 1919

'For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. He worked his company skilfully round a strong enemy position and cut off the garrison, capturing fifty four prisoners and four machine guns. He then consolidated the position. Later, he led a party against an enemy machine gun post, capturing six prisoners and a machine gun. He showed marked courage and devotion to duty.

Discharge date19 February 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia, 1 November 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 19 February 1920.

Medals: Military Cross & Bar, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 October 1943
SourcesNAA: B2455, POTTS Roy Edred

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