ANZAC story: Acknowledge the Supreme Sacrifice of the Potter Brothers of South Australia.
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We respectfully request the District Council of Peterborough visually acknowledge the Supreme Sacrifice made by the Potter Brothers of Yongala, South Australia (WW1 ANZAC's) by naming a permanent local landmark in their honour. We propose naming the Median strip in the Main Street of Yongala where the Cenotaph stands "Potter Walk". This will create poignant ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day memorial services for the community to remember the fallen.
The following is a brief summary from the article: "The Potters of Yongala - Tragedy of WW1" by Dennis and Pam Parker, local historians of Yongala.
Shortly after the outbreak of WW1 four of the six Potter brothers of Yongala, South Australia enlisted in the Australian Army.
As members of the 52nd Battalion Ralph, Edward, Thomas and Hurtle were involved in one of the bloodiest battles of Pozieres on the 3rd September, 1916 at Mouquet Farm. Three of the brothers were killed between 3/5 September 1916 with the fourth brother Ralph badly wounded.
Of the three boys killed in action only Private H.F.C. Potter was interred and is awarded a memorial Stone at Courcelette British Cemetery, Somme, France. Both Privates T.J.A. Potter and E.W. Potter are named on the section of the memorial wall dedicated to the 52nd Battalion of the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. Their bodies have not been recovered (or at least identified) from the battlefield.
On 22nd November 1917 a large crowd gathered at the Yongala train station to welcome home Private Ralph Potter who had been invalided home after serving at the front where he was wounded in the same action that saw the sacrifice of his three brothers, one of which he witnessed and was subsequently asked to provide official confirmation.
We believe this historical and moving story of Yongala's own deserves to be shared. Therefore, in keeping with the ANZAC spirit of Mateship, Nationalism, and Symbolism we urge you to support this important Centenary Project to visibly acknowledge the Potter family's remarkable ANZAC story and sustain remembrance of past sacrifices for generations to come.
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