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Harry Rowland Potter

Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known copyright restrictions

Zeerust Cup, front (Auckland War Memorial Museum 0337) - No known copyright restrictions - No known …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry Rowland AWMM
  • Surname
    Potter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • South African 1465 AWMM
    • South African 611 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    • 30 September 1875 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
    • 30 September 1875 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1900 AWMM Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Albert Potter, Albert Avenue, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Attached India Army, Infantry Battalion 1911-1912 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • South Africa 1900 AWMM
      Age 24 AWMM
      Chemist/Civilian AWMM
    • South Africa 1905 AWMM
      Age 29 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Height, Unknown Period AWMM
    5 foot 9 inches AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Mary Elizabeth nee Gabb. Father of Ema Mary; Joan Alberta, and Dorothy Gwendolyn

    5th Contingent in South Africa: Arrival South Africa. Volunteers from No 11 Company (Auckland) became 1st NZ Battery, Rhodesian Field Artillery. Rest of contingent were re-organised into A, B, C & D Squadrons in South Africa. C Squadron split from the rest & joined the Kimberley flying column, based in Kimberley. A, B & D Squadrons joined the 2nd Brigade Rhodesian Field Force on 14/8/1900.

    Movements: Ottoshoop 16-20/8/1900 [action] en route to Zeerust

    Movements: Kaffir Kraal 24/10/1900 [action]

    Movements: Venetersdoorp : 28/12/1900 - 23/1/1901

    Movements: Cyferfontein : Jan 1901-6/3/1901

    Movements: Ventersdorp

    Movements: Wildfontein 24/3/1901 [action]

    Member of the The Zeerust Cup Match, won by the “Right Section New Zealand Battery” in May 1901 while on active service in South Africa, was possibly New Zealand’s first representative rugby league match. A letter presented with the trophy noted that it was a token of friendship intended to remind the team of the happy days passed amongst the Zeerust folks.

    The Zeerust Cup, a silver cup, is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and was loaned to the Rugby Museum, Palmerston North c2011.

    Transferred in South Africa as Captain in 7 Contingent Staff

    New Zealand Permanent Forces since 1905

    Commandant Main Body Camp, Awapuni August 1914

    Camp Commandant Trentham September 1914, 20 March 1917

    Awarded the CMG in 1917

    New Zealand Staff Corps, rank Colonel (Temporary Brigadier); Officer Commanding the Northern Command January 1919

    Commander Northern Military District February 1921

    Transferred to Reserve of Officers Class 1(a) October 1930

    Retired from list 1936.

    His service record notes a "Indian Durbar medal" In 1911 a Delhi Durbar medal was issued to commemorate King George V's Coronation Durbar celebration in British India, December 1911. Potter was training in India during this time.

    Photo: Te Awamutu Museum ref: 516 / R23:5 of the 1st New Zealand 15-pounder Field Artillery Football Team, 1902

    His father was named Albert Potter. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    • 29 November 1965 AWMM
      Age 90 AWMM
    • 1 December 1965 Noel Smith Research Project
      Age 91 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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