Thomas James Albert (Bis) POTTER


POTTER, Thomas James Albert

Service Number: 3739
Enlisted: 14 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Yongala, South Australia, 6 July 1885
Home Town: Yongala, South Australia
Schooling: Yongala Public School
Occupation: Woodyard Manager
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, France, 4 September 1916, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Yongala Roll of Honour, Yongala War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3739, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3739, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3739, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
4 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3739, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm

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The four brothers POTTER, Thomas, Edward, Ralph, and Frank, enlisted within weeks of each other in 1915 and were issued sequential serial numbers.

3738 Pte. Edward Wilfred POTTER (/explore/people/53329) 52nd Inf. Batt. - Killed in Action 03 Sep 1916 Mouquet Farm, France. Aged 25

3739 Pte. Thomas James Albert POTTER 52nd Inf. Batt. - Killed in Action 04 Sep 1916 Mouquet Farm, France. Aged 31

3740 Pte. Hurtle Francis Constable POTTER (/explore/people/303737) 52nd Inf. Batt. - Killed in Action 03 Sep 1916, Mouquet Farm, France. Aged 22

3741 Pte. Ralph Victor POTTER (/explore/people/327393) 52nd Inf. Batt. - Survived the Great War and lived to the age of 68.



YONGALA, May 17.— Official notification has been received that Ptes. T. J. A. (bis) Potter and H. F. C. (Hurtle) Potter (sons of Mr. and Mrs. B. Potter of Yongala), who were reported missing as from the beginning of September last, are now reported as having been killed at that time. Four brothers of the Potter family enlisted at the same time, and they sailed for the front on December 2, 1915. Three of them have now been killed, and the other is in hospital, having recently been wounded.

The deceased soldiers were born at Yongala. Pte. T. J. A. Potter would have been 32 years old in July next, and Pte. H. F. C. Potter, the youngest son, would have reached the age at 23 years next month. They were keen cricket, football, and tennis enthusiasts, and as playing members of the Yongala clubs were well known in the northern districts. They also took an interest in local matters generally, and their upright and straightforward characters made them very popular everywhere." - from the Adelaide Observer 26 May 1917 (