Brigadier Arnold William Potts, DSO, OBE, MC

Date of birth  1896-09-16  Peel, Isle of Man, UK. 
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs)  1915-01-18  Enlisted as a private in the 16th Battalion, and underwent training but did not join the battlion for another six months. 
Date promoted  1915-01-28  Appointed temporary lance corporal. 
Date promoted  1915-02-16  Appointed corporal. 
Date promoted  1915-03-16  Appointed sergeant. 
Other  1915-07-28  When Potts joined the 16th Battalion he was returned to the rank of private. 
Other  1915-07-28  Arrived in Gallipoli. 
Date promoted  1915-07-28  Appointed lance corporal. 
Date promoted  1915-10-15  Appointed sergeant. 
Date promoted  1916-01-20  Appointed second lieutenant. 
Other  1916-08-30  Seconded temporary captain and officer commanding 4th Australian Trench Mortar Battalion. 
Date of honour or award  1916-10-25  Military Cross. 'For conspicuous gallantry in action. He handled his T.M.B. with great courage and determination. His coolness and ability were responsible for the repulse of the enemy.' 
Date wounded  1916-11-15  Wounded in action, Potts remained on duty. 
Date promoted  1917-05-10  Promoted to captain. 
Other units  1918-02  Returned to 16th Battalion. 
Other  1918-02-20  Relinquished posistion as officer commanding 4th Australian Trench Mortar Battalion. 
Date wounded  1918-07-06  Wounded in action, gun shot wound to the abdomen. 
Date returned to Australia  1919-01-15   
Date of discharge  1919-03-09  Demobilised. 
Other  1922-06-01  Transferred to the Reserve of Officers. 
Other units  1939-04-28  25th Light Horse Machine Gun Regiment. He was a founding member and an advocate of the regiment's formation. 
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs)  1940-05-01  Enlisted in the 2nd AIF and seconded as a major to the 2/16th Battalion. 
Date of embarkation  1940-10  Sailed for the Middle East. 
Other  1940-11-26  Arrived in the Middle East. 
Other units  1941-08-12 - 1942-04-06  Appointed lieutenant colonel and commanding officer of the 2/16th Battalion. 
Date of honour or award  1941-12-30  Companion of the Distinguished Service Order. 'During the action of Litani River on 9/10 Jun 41 Maj. Potts was particularly outstanding not only in personal bravery in going forward under fire from all arms of the defence with instructions for Coy Comds but in his own personal leadership and example. Similarly in the action at Saida on 15 Jun 41 his personal example and fearless carrying out of the general plans were such that his action added greatly to the success of both operations. At one period he was faced by a tank and came under its fire whilst going forward to contact forward troops but succeeded in his task. His former experience with the A.I.F. has been used to the greatest extent and he has carried out the many tasks allotted to him with gallantry and persistence whilst under intense fire from the enemy.' 
Date of honour or award  1941-12-31  Mention in Despatches. 
Date returned to Australia  1942-03-25   
Other units  1942-04-06  Appointed temporary brigadier and commander of the 21st Brigade. 
Other units  1942-10-18  Appointed to command the 23rd Brigade. 
Date returned to Australia  1942-12-04   
Other units  1944-02-26 - 1944-06-23  Attached to Headquarters, 11th Division. 
Other  1944-04-26  Arrived in New Guinea. 
Other  1944-09-28  Arrived in Bougainville. 
Date promoted  1944-10-12  Gazetted colonel, the rank was back dated to 1st September 1942, he retained the rank of temporary brigadier. 
Date returned to Australia  1944-12-12  Returned to Brisbane. 
Other  1945-01-29  Arrived in Bougainville. 
Other  1945-11-29  Relinquished command of 23rd Brigade. 
Date returned to Australia  1945-12-06   
Other  1945-12-13  Appointed honourary brigadier, Reserve of Officers. 
Date of honour or award  1946-02-21  Mention in Despatches. 
Date of honour or award  1947-05-06  Mention in Despatches. 
Other  1951-01-15  Enlisted in the Interim Army. 
Date of discharge  1951-06-30   
Date of honour or award  1960-01-01  Officer of the Order of the British Empire. 
Date of death  1968-01-01  Kojonup, WA.