Born: 27th November 1886, Ipswich.

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

Enlistment Details: Location: Port Arthur, Thunder Bay & Rainy River; Date: 16th August 1915; Address: 210, Tupper Street, Port Arthur, Ontario; Religion: CofE; Occupation: Book Keeper; Age: 28 years; Height: 5ft 6 ins, medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

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.

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 stoneyard. 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.


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 all 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.



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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