Born: 27th November 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 6th July 1916; age 29; KiA – Tenches at Hodge.

Residence: 210, Tupper Street, Port Arthur, Ontario.

Occupation: Book Keeper.

Enlistment Details: Location: Port Arthur, Thunder Bay & Rainy River; Date: 16th August 1915; Religion: CofE; Age: 28 years. Height: 5ft 6 ins, medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.



The unit sailed for England – 23rd November 1915

Arrived in England – 3rd December 1915.

Confirmed Corporal – at Bramsholt 15th February 1916.

Embarked for France – 20th February 1916

Disembarked 21st February 1916.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 439624

Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian Infantry, Manitoba Regiment, 52nd Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Menin Road South Military Cemetery,






1891   Castle Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk.


Harry was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Horace Potter, 29, a Builder’s Foreman, born Moulton St. Michael’s, Norfolk.

Ellen Mary Potter (nee Elmer), 29, born Banham, Norfolk.

(Nellie) Ellen Mary Potter, 9, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Rosa Jane Potter, 7, born Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Horace William Potter, 5, born Ipswich.


1901   ‘Chelsea’ Murray Road, Ipswich.


Harry was 14 years old and living with his parents and siblings.

William, 39, a General Builder’s Foreman.

Ellen, 39.

Ellen, 19, a Music Teacher – own account.

Rosa, 17, a School teacher.

Horace, 15, a Carpenter’s Apprentice.

Ernest Potter, 9, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Edith Mabel Potter, 6, born Ipswich.


1911   210, Tupper Township, Port Arthur, Thunder Bay & Rainy River, Ontario, Canada.


Harry was 24 years old, a Stonemason at a stone yard. He was living with his parents & siblings. They could all read & write.

William, 49, a Contractor – House.

Ellen, 49.

Horace, 26, a Carpenter – House.

Ernest, 19, a Bookkeeper – Bank.

Edith, 16, worked in Insurance.


Harry and his brothers were well known at Portman Road in football circles.


Harry’s father, William Horace Potter, was for many years engaged in building operations in Ipswich, in the employ of Messrs. Frederick Grimwood and Sons, and later on with Mr. Frederick Bennett, during which time he superintended the construction of some of the principal buildings in the town, such as the London, City, and Midland Bank, the Crown and Anchor Hotel, the Boys’ Municipal School, etc.


In April 1906, Harry’s brother Horace & sister Ellen travelled on the ‘Empress of Ireland, from Liverpool to Quebec, Canada. In April, 1907, Harry, his parents, and his 5 siblings travelled to Canada on the ‘Empress of Britian’ from Liverpool. They arrived at St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada on the 27th April 1907. Harry was 20 years old and a Stonemason. All the Potter family made their home at Port Arthur, Thunder Bay & Rainy River.


Harry’s Memorial Scroll was dispatched to his parents 4th April 1921. The Memorial Plaque was dispatched to his parents 11th November 1921.



The 52nd Battalion (New Ontario), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during The Great War. The 52nd Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 23 November 1915. It disembarked in France on 21 February 1916, where it fought as part of the 9th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division in France and Flanders until the end of the war. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920.

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