WW1 Medal Group To Pottinger Brothers From Shetland, Gordon Highlander

WW1 Medal Group To Pottinger Brothers From Shetland, Gordon Highlander

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For sale is a WW1 Medal Group To Pottinger Brothers From Shetland, Gordon Highlanders & AOC.

 
The Pottinger family lived in Nesting in Shetland, William Pottinger the farther and Annie H Pottinger the mother had six daughters; Bella M Pottinger, Eliza G Pottinger, Barbara E A Pottinger & Ammie H Pottinger. They also had three sons; James Pottinger, William H Pottinger & Francis Pottinger. 
 
About the WW1 War Medal awarded to James Pottinger:
 
The British war medal is engraved on the rim “016766 Pte J Pottinger AOC”.
 
James Pottinger was born in 1895 in Nesting in Shetland Scotland. His farther was William Pottinger and his mother Annie H Pottinger. 
 
James Pottinger served with the army ordnance corps (AOC), and was entitled to a British war medal and victory medal. Unfortunately the victory medal is missing. James was discharged on the 21st of February 1919.
 
After the war James Pottinger became a reverend like his grandfather. 
 
About the ww1 british war medal & victory medal to William Pottinger:
 
These medals are engraved “487 Pte w h pottinger Gordons”.
 
William H Pottinger enlisted at the rank of private but was promoted to Lance Corporal. William served with the 1/7th Gordon Highlander’s. 
 
William was wounded twice in action first he was Wounded at the battle of Cambrai on the 20th of November 1917 with a gunshot wound to the left buttock and then was wounded again at the battle of Arras on the 21st of August in 1918. Unfortunate we don’t know the date of discharge. 
 
William Pottinger was entitled & awarded a ww1 victory medal, war medal and a wound stripe. Unfortunately the wound stripe is missing. 
 
When the first world war ended 630 Shetlanders had lost their lives out of the 3,600 that had gone to serve. The prospects for servicemen who returned to Shetland were poor and many chose to emigrate.
 
About Francis Pottinger (unfortunately his medals are not present) but he’s worth mentioning as the brother of these two servicemen:
 
Copied from an article in The Shetland Times, Saturday May 5th, 1917: Private Francis Pottinger, Service Number 3/16343, 3rd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, died of meningitis at the Military Hospital, Cromarty, on the 2 of May, 1917. He was aged just 18. He was the youngest son of William and Annie Pottinger, The Schoolhouse, Brettabister, North Nesting. His father was a teacher. Francis was a former pupil of the Anderson Educational Institute. Francis enlisted in Lerwick, Shetland. The 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, had been stationed at Fort George, then moved to Cromarty where it remained for much of the war. They formed part of the defences for the Naval Base at Invergordon. The town provided an important refuelling and repair base for large naval cruisers from the Royal Navy.
 
Information has been received by his parents Mr and Mrs Wm. Pottinger, Schoolhouse, Nesting that their son, Private Frank Pottinger of the Seaforths, died in hospital at Cromarty on Wednesday from tubercular meningitis. Pte Pottinger joined the colours shortly after the outbreak of war, but his health broke down and he was for some time in the Gilbert Bain Hospital. Subsequently he proceeded to Cromarty, but his health did not improve, and he finally passed away as stated. Deceased was a bright young man of 18 years of age, and a favourite with all who knew him. His death is regretted by a wide circle, and deep sympathy is extended to his sorrowing parents and other relations Francis is buried at Garth Old Churchyard, Nesting, Shetland, in the South West section.
 
Research on Annie Pottinger and her participation in WW1:
 
Annie Pottinger, a mother of ten, married to the schoolteacher of Nesting, used the war to further her business interests. Mrs Pottinger ran her knitwear business from the Schoolhouse at Brettabister. Included in her price list from an advertising pamphlet for her business are 'Gent's Cravats (for airmen) – 4/6, 5/6, 7/6 each'. Mrs Pottinger was likely selling these garments to the airmen based a few miles away at the Royal Flying Corps base at Catfirth.
 
Accompanying this medal is 3 scans of James Pottingers service records. And 5 medals scans of William Pottingers service scans. Upon payment please let me know if you would prefer digital scans or printed copies.
 
There is also a page of research on the pottinger family a war. Including a photograph of William pottinger. And a screenshot of research of the mothers (Annie Pottinger) activities during the war. 
 
This is a lovely family grouping, with plenty of research! 
 
These will be sent via royal mail special delivery and dispatched within two working days.