Tuesday 20 September 2011

Acting-Lance-Corporal (Private) Alexander Potter

Born on 10 January 1885 in Lawrence Kirk, Kincardineshire, Scotland - husband of Kate Eadie Potter, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as merchant (grocer); married (with two children aged 2 and 4 years); currently a member of the Governor General's Foot Guards (one year); no previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 8 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; grey eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 20 July 1915 (number 410380) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 or 19 November 1916 - invalided to England on 24 November 1916 - invalided to Canada for further medical treatment.

Died on 6 February 1923.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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