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alexander Potter Corporal Black Watch 9th Service Battalion S/9400 kil

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Does anyone have information on Corporal Alexander Potter S/9400 killed in action 9th April 1917. Black Watch (royal Highlanders) 9th Service Battalion. Name on Arras memorial, France.

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Hello gpfaulkner

According to the S number enlistment book Alexander Potter enlisted in Glasgow on the 5th June 1915 aged 25 years and 8 months.


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Here is his entry in Soldiers Died in the Great War:

Name: Alexander Potter

Birth Place: Baillieston, Lanarkshire

Death Date: 9 Apr 1917

Death Place: France and Flanders

Enlistment Place: Glasgow

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

Battalion: 9th (Service) Battalion

Regimental Number: S/9400

Type of Casualty: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

He died on the first day of the First Battle of the Scarpe when the 15th Division captured Monchy le Preux as here in The Long, Long Trail.

The War Diary is available on Ancestry or downloadable at the National Archives here.

The entry for 9th April gives the battalion casualties as: 3 Officers Killed, 12 Wounded. OR (Other Ranks) K. 38, W. 176, Missing 12. Total 241 out of a strength of 19 Officers and 618 OR.


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