Biography and History

Herbert Cecil Potter was a lifelong British military officer who attained the rank of brigadier-general. He served in Ireland (1898), South Africa (1901-1902), Egypt and Sudan (1903-1913), and World War I (1914-1918); he retired in 1927. Wounded several times, Potter earned several awards for meritorious service. Among Potter's military units were the King's Liverpool Regiment and the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He married "May" Griffith in 1913 after carrying on a lengthy military-life romance, marked by long absences and distance. The couple had one son and two daughters.

Source: From the finding aid for C1409

  • Herbert Cecil Potter Papers. 1893-1919 (bulk), 1892-1955 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1409

    Potter was a lifelong British military officer who attained the rank of brigadier-general. He served in Ireland (1898), South Africa (1901-1902), Egypt and Sudan (1903-1913), and World War I (1914-1918); he retired in 1927. Consists primarily of Potter's lengthy correspondence with his mother and future wife while stationed abroad, often during significant British military operations, including censor-stamped envelopes.