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Offline charlie

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Pte S Potter
« on: January 24, 2014, 02:32:44 PM »
I have a GSM bar Palestine to 3527663 Pte S Potter. Does anyone have any info on him? Did he continue to serve with the 1st Bn and end up being captured in Singapore? There is no CWGC entry for Pte Potter so he was fortunate enough to survive the war. I am not related to him so I cannot apply for his service record.
Thanks in advance
Charlie

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Re: Pte S Potter
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2014, 04:30:09 PM »
Charlie,

He was from 30 Seabrook Rd, Newton Heath.

He was captured by the Japanese at Singapore.  He went overland to Thailand and to Japan.

I believe he survived the war.

He would be entitled to a 1939/45 Star, Pacific Star, War Medal & Defence Medal.

There was also a Pte D. Potter captured with the 1st.  Possible relation?

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Re: Pte S Potter
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2014, 06:55:35 PM »
Sphinx,
That was a quick answer. Your info has answered something I have often wondered about for over 40 years. It would appear that he stayed in the Newton Heath area after the war as I picked the medal up from one of the many "junk" shops (as they were then known) on the A62 Oldham Rd/Manchester Rd in the late 60s.
Thanks
Charlie

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Re: Pte S Potter
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2014, 10:12:48 AM »
Hi there Sphinx,
Something has been bothering since reading these entries, you quoted his medal entitlement - 39/45 Star ; Pacific Star; War Medal and Defence Medal  BUT no mention to the GSM Bar Palestine !

This may be one of those questions for which I have an obvious answer - Post War medals were issued to those 1st Bn's whom were entitled to such issue and details came later - possibly a mental error having been issued earlier than the entitlement you listed ? That doesn't seem to read correctly in my opinion but hope you get my gist. That would have been awarded for when they were stationed there prior to posting to Singapore.
George.

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Re: Pte S Potter
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2014, 10:16:15 AM »
Hi there Sphinx,
Something has been bothering since reading these entries, you quoted his medal entitlement - 39/45 Star ; Pacific Star; War Medal and Defence Medal  BUT no mention to the GSM Bar Palestine !

This may be one of those questions for which I have an obvious answer - Post War medals were issued to those 1st Bn's whom were entitled to such issue and details came later - possibly a mental error having been issued earlier than the entitlement you listed ? That doesn't seem to read correctly in my opinion but hope you get my gist. That would have been awarded for when they were stationed there prior to posting to Singapore.
George.

George,

The very first post confirms the GSM Palestine, thats what started the thread off.
The WW2 medals I quoted are in addition to it.

regards

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Re: Pte S Potter
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2014, 10:29:09 AM »
Thanks a million - my memory (or lack of same at times)
George.

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Re: Pte S Potter
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2014, 05:08:38 PM »
Here are some bits.

Palestine medal roll page date 1949

And part of the Ships Movement roll to Singapore.

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Re: Pte S Potter
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2014, 05:44:21 PM »
Thanks Roy,
Could you post what is written underneath 1st Bn Manchester Regt on the movement roll, some of it is very unclear in the picture.
Charlie
« Last Edit: January 29, 2014, 05:50:28 PM by charlie »