Service records online

Most of the South African War service records for soldiers in this database have now been digitised and are available by searching the Archives New Zealand Archway website.

Surname: 
potter
Reg No: 
4045
Given Names: 
vivian harold
Contingent: 
seventh
Unit: 
no 21 company (auckland section)
Rank: 
private
County/City: 
auckland suburb
Occupation: 
smelter
Ship: 
Gulf of Taranto 6 April 1901
Address: 
mount eden auckland
Next of Kin: 
potter mr albert
Relationship to Soldier: 
father
Next of Kin Address: 
same
Notes: 

Information supplie by Sardra Lees:

Lieutenant Vivian Harold POTTER 17938

Auckland Regiment

Died 19 November 1968, Aged 90

Also served in the Boer war Reg No. 4045 7th Contingent; Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant

Born 23 October 1878, Hamilton

Married Lillah COLEMAN at Waihi In Jan 1904

Occupation before enlist  for WW1: Bullion smelter

Last employer: Waihi Grand Junction

March 1918 - Granted leave indefinitely due to Sciatica

Photographs of Vivian:

http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/dbtw-wpd/exec/dbtwpub.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz%2Fdbtw-wpd%2FHeritageImages%2Findex.htm&AC=QBE_QUERY&TN=heritageimages&QF0=ID&NP=4&RF=HIORecord&QI0=31-P2430

and

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“He was favourably reported …on the 23rd August 1917 …as painstaking in the manner in which he carried out all transport duties allotted him, and that he was most efficient as an instructor.”

Letters In his military file show he was applying to move to Ranfurly soldiers home in Auckland around 1967

His Cenotaph database record:

http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/79053.detail?Ordinal=1&c_serialnumber_search=17938

His military records are online:

http://archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=20522880&digital=yes

Vivian at one time had a good singing voice

Auckland Star, Volume XXXI, Issue 92, 19 April 1900, Page 3

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=AS19000419.2.28&srpos=4&e=-------100--1-byDA---2vivian+potter--

and

Thames Star, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9644, 22 May 1900, Page 3

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=THS19000522.2.18&srpos=5&e=-------100--1-byDA---2vivian+potter--

Member of the Waihi Literary and Debating Society

Auckland Star, Volume XXXI, Issue 171, 20 July 1900, Page 6

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=AS19000720.2.53.7&srpos=6&e=-------100--1-byDA---2vivian+potter--

Vivian on Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vivian_Harold_Potter

Candidate for the Roskill seat in politics:

Observer, Volume XL, Issue 16, 20 December 1919, Page 9

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=TO19191220.2.15&srpos=9&e=-------100--1-byDA---2vivian+potter--

Mentioned again as M.P.

Observer, Volume XL, Issue 25, 21 February 1920, Page 10

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=TO19200221.2.19&srpos=10&e=-------100--1-byDA---2vivian+potter--

An acquaintance has done a blogpost on Vivians father Albert’s life which gives more information on Vivian:

http://timespanner.blogspot.com/2010/08/life-and-times-of-albert-potter-c1820.html

Images of his grave at Mangere Lawn Cemetery, Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland taken 3 January 2012:

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