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Potts, Roy Edred

Capt. MC and Bar 48th Bn.

Born on 24 October 1889 at Aldgate Sth Aust. Methodist. His parents were the Rev. George Potts and Mrs Ada Elizabeth Potts, of Irvine St, Cottesloe. He was a teacher at Cottesloe School in 1912-1913 and enlisted on 17 November 1915 and embarked on 30 October 1916 for Devonport UK. He saw action in France and was awarded two Military Crosses for bravery.  In 1919 he attended education training/teaching classes in London for one month and returned to Australia in November 1919 per A3 Orvietto. Upon his discharge he resumed his teaching career at Kalgoorlie, Perth Boys, Boulder South, Wagin, Albany, Boulder and retired as Principal of Perth Boys High School. Service medals: 1914-15 Star, BWM and VM. Citation for Roy Potts’ first Military Cross: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. By skilled leadership he led two platoons through a heavy barrage without casualties to reinforce a frontline company. Later, when all communication with the left flank was broken, he volunteered to cross open ground under intense fire in full view of the enemy, and succeeded.’  Citation for Roy Potts’ second Military Cross: ‘For conspicuous gallantry during an attack. He grouped his company skilfully around a strong enemy point and cut off the garrison, capturing 54 prisoners and four machine guns. He then consolidated the position. Later he led a party against an enemy machine gun post, capturing six prisoners and a machine gun. He showed remarkable courage and devotion to duty.’