Ralph Victor POTTER

Badge Number: 9869, Sub Branch: tintinara
9869

POTTER, Ralph Victor

Service Number: 3741
Enlisted: 27 July 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Yongala, South Australia, 10 June 1892
Home Town: Yongala, South Australia
Schooling: Yongala Public School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Natural causes, Howard, Queensland, Australia, 21 May 1961, aged 68 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Yongala Methodist Church Soldiers Roll, Yongala Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

27 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3741, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3741, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3741, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
22 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3741, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Pozières
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3741, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
16 Sep 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 52nd Infantry Battalion
29 Mar 1917: Wounded Corporal, SN 3741, 52nd Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages, GSW (right leg and thigh)
8 Nov 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 3741, 52nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography

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 (/explore/people/291228) 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 52nd Inf. Batt. - Survived the Great War and lived to the age of 68.

 

"BROTHERS KILLED.

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 (nla.gov.au)

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