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William Henry Potter

In memory of:

Private William Henry Potter

April 9, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

766279

Age:

23

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

19th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

December 31, 1893

Son of Alexander and Charlotte Potter, of 31, Exeter St., Plymouth, England.

Commemorated on Page 311 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

NINE ELMS MILITARY CEMETERY (France)
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

I. C. 26.

Location:

Thelus is a village about 6.5 kilometres north of Arras and 1 kilometre east of the main road from Arras to Lens. The NINE ELMS MILITARY CEMETERY is on the western side of the main road and about 1.5 kilometres south of the village.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Telegram May 1917. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of William Henry Potter– My great uncle William Henry Potter.  Killed in action at Vimy, France in 1917.
  • Photo of William Henry Potter– This is a great photo of my great-uncle William Henry Potter, "Uncle Harry" in his military uniform.Photo courtesy of my aunt Daisy Craig, his niece.
  • Group photo– My Great Uncle William Henry is pictured here in the top row, 4th from the right.
  • Photo of William Henry Potter– This photo of William Henry Potter appeared in the Toronto Star on May 17, 1917.  It reads "I haven't felt better in my life"  wrote Pte. Harry Potter to his brother, A. R. Potter of 37 Sproat avenue, on April 6.  On April 9 he was struck dead on the battlefield.  Pte. Potter was 23 years of age.  Before enlisting he worked as a shipper.  His mother resides in the Old Country."
  • Medals– Photo of my great Uncle William Henry Potter, his Memorial Plaque, his British War Medal, and his Victory Medal.
  • Cemetery– Nine Elms Cemetery – The Nine Elms Cemetery, located at Roclincourt, France. It is about 5 kilometres from Canada's Vimy Memorial in France. (John & Anne Stephens 2013)
  • Gravestone of William Henry Potter– This is the grave of my great uncle, William Henry Potter, who died at the battle of Vimy Ridge April 9, 1917.  I wish to thank Didier Letombe of France who took the trouble to go to Thélus to look for the grave for me.  He sent me this photo a few days later. Rest In Peace Great-Uncle William.
  • Gravemarker– William Henry Potter's grave

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