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Eric Arthur Augustus Potter

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

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric Arthur Augustus AWMM
  • Surname
    Potter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Eric Augustus Alfred AWMM
    • Eric Alf. Augustus AWMM
  • Service number
    • South African 2400 AWMM
    • South African 4704 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 31 March 1900 AWMM Wynyard Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    James John Potter, Wynyard Road, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    South Africa 31 March 1900 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Butcher/Civilian AWMM
    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
      6 foot AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, South Africa AWMM
      Severely wounded at Orangedale (17 October 1901), left leg amputated through the thigh AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Emily Elizabeth nee Rule

    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.

    He transferred to the 7th Contingent in South Africa.

    In October he was severely wounded and his leg was amputated and he was granted a pension for life.

    Joined 7 Contingent , Supplement with the rank of Sergeant (service number 4704). 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.

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

About death

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  • Death
    10 April 1917 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Anglican Division D Row 7, Plot 13 AWMM
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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