Arthur Edward Potts
|Arthur Edward Potts|
|Born||24 October 1890
Northumberland, United Kingdom
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Potts attended George Heriot's School in Edinburgh and subsequently studied at the University of Edinburgh (bachelor of science) and Cornell University (master's degree in agriculture). He worked as instructor at Ames College in Iowa.
In 1915, he left Ames College to enlist in Second Universities Company at McGill University and was attached to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as a private. This unit was sent to France where Potts fought in the trenches and got wounded. In September 1916, he was appointed lieutenant. At the end of 1917, Potts was sent to the education office, to give lectures to soldiers about agriculture, and soon he joined his battalion again. After being wounded on 7 September, he was sent to England for convalescence. Potts was still there when the war ended.
After the war, Potts joined the University of Saskatchewan as head of the dairy department. Besides his normal work as "Professor of Dairying", he also took over the university’s officer training corps and reorganized and retrained it.
Potts was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1934. In the same year, he became commander of the Saskatoon Non-Permanent Active Militia garrison and officer commanding of the 19th infantry brigade. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, Potts received a request from then Major-General Andrew McNaughton to accept demotion and take over Saskatoon Light Infantry. Potts accepted and took the unit to Europe in December 1939.
In May 1942, he became General Officer Commanding 6th Infantry Division with the rank of major-general. That appointment took him from the United Kingdom to the Pacific shores in British Columbia. In 1943 was appointed commander of Military District 2 in Toronto. He stayed there till the end of the war.
After the war he joined the Department of Veterans Affairs. He moved to Kingston, Ontario in 1949, to become the Department’s district administrator.
Potts and his wife, the former Mary Ann Rattray Stewart, had six children including two sets of twins.
He retired in 1955 and died in September 1983.
|1916||1918||7th Canadian Infantry Brigade||Lieutenant|
|1934||14-01-1936||Saskatoon Non-Permanent Active Militia garrison/19th infantry brigade (militia)||commander/officer commanding||Colonel|
|15-01-1936||29-11-1939||19th Infantry Brigade (militia)||Commanding Officer||Colonel|
|30-11-1939||09-07-1940||1st Saskatoon Light Infantry||Commanding Officer||Lieutenant-Colonel|
|20-07-1940||19-05-1942||2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade||Officer Commanding||Brigadier|
|15-11-1941||22-12-1941||1st Canadian Infantry Division||Acting General Officer Commanding||Brigadier|
|20-05-1942||11-10-1943||6th Canadian Infantry Division||General Officer Commanding||Major-General|
|12-10-1943||31-08-1945||HQ Military District 2||District Officer Commanding||Major-General|
- 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade War Diaries 1915-1919, p. 18
- 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade War Diaries 1915-1919, p. 169
- The Agricultural Gazette of Canada, July-August, 1923, p. 303 (p. 5 in pdf)]
- To the Roof of the World: The Expedition to Spitsbergen
- Officer Appointments
- 28th (North-west) Battalion
- "The New Pictures", 18 January 1943