The Motor Transport section of the Battalion was spilt up on various detachments based in Bethlehem, Hebron (Battalion H.Q.), Isolation Hospital (at Hebron) and Deir Sha'ar. In the first few months a number of Jewish drivers were also employed to help with the shortage of experienced drivers.
Harry's best friend in the Battalion was Private Holland who was from London. The adjacent photo show Potter and Holland together in Palestine. At the time Private Holland had suffered an injury to his left hand (seen bandaged).
During the spring of 1939, Harry Potter was now attached to 'D' Company who had been based at Deir Sha'ar since November 1938.
For a time Private Potter was stationed at a Pumping Station on the Beersheba Road, 6 miles south of Hebron. The Station supplied water to Hebron. This Pumping Station was commonly referred to as 'Pumpet'. Harry made reference to this place in the letter home to his mother. Although 'Pumpet' was a very popular billet with the men of the Worcestershire Regiment, it was also a very isolated spot that came in for sniping from the Arabs from time to time.
On the evening of 22nd July 1939, “D” Company, returning from As Samu, engaged an armed band at Kilo 39 on the Hebron-Beersheba road. This gang had earlier ambushed an R.A.F. armoured car. During the engagement Private Harry Potter (5251351) was killed and Privates Darby, Warwick, Pearson and Simmonds were wounded. Private Joseph Darby later died of his wounds in hospital in Jerusalem on 7th September 1939.
Shortly before Harry Potter was killed he wrote the letter below to his mother, which sadly arrived the day after the family were told of his death.
In answer to your letter, I am getting on alright. I expect to be home for Christmas. If I am not it is a bit of bad luck.
At present I am in a place we call The Pumpet. We have not got a lot of work to do at present and I hope you are alright. I hope dad is still in work. Tell Ken (his six year old brother) I am not forgetting his bike. I hope Alice (his older sister) is alright.
We have been going swimming a lot lately. You perhaps have been reading the papers.
I am not boasting but listen to the news on the wireless and listen to what work we in the Worcestershires have been doing. Well, I think that is all for now.
Cheerio – Crash Harry."
Note: Harry had promised to buy a bike for Ken his 6 year old brother, for his birth day.