First World War gallantry medal awarded to (71559) Corporal L S Potter whilst serving with 'A' Company, 47th Machine Gun Battalion. Acting as Company Runner, continuously taking important messages under heavy fire during operations in March and April 1918 at Metz, Ypres and Rocqlincourt. Near Metz on 23 March, when all of a gun team were either wounded or killed, this NCO went forward under heavy fire and brought the gun safely out of action, thus enabling it to be used for further service at a time when it was impossible to replace equipment.
Leonard Stanley Potter was born on 15 March 1896 at Horton, Bradford, Yorkshire but, as a small boy, went to live in Eye, Suffolk where his father's family originated. He attended the local school until he was 14 years old. Potter went up to London to find work and was employed, by the grocers, J Sainsbury, and lived and worked at their Streatham branch until he joined the 8th London Regiment at the outbreak of war. After training he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and stayed as a machine gunner until the end of the war. On demobilisation, he went into engineering but soon left that work to open his own grocer's shop at Walthamstow, Essex which. despite difficulties during the Depression, thrived. Mr Potter retired in 1958 and died on 17 September 1979. Some further information about Mr Potter can be found in the papers held by the Documents Archive.