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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 92

The Afghanistan Medal awarded to Lieutenant-Colonel D. M. Potter, 67th Foot, who was hotly engaged during the campaign

Afghanistan 1878-80, 1 clasp, Kabul (Captain: D. M. Potter. 67th Foot), minor edge nick, good very fine

David MacKinlay Potter was born in July 1844 at South Hetton, Durham and purchased his Ensigncy in the 67th Foot in November 1863. Promoted Lieutenant, July 1868 and Captain in March 1871 he served with the 2nd Battalion during the Afghanistan campaign. This included the operations in the Koh Daman Valley, the action at Mir Karez and the defeat of Mir Butcha, before serving in the Chardeh Valley and the operations around Kabul, 12-14 December 1879, which included the action on the Asmai Heights. Potter was also present at the Defence of Sherpur and the expedition to Kohistan. Promoted Major in June 1882 and Lieutenant-Colonel on retirement in February 1885, he divided his time between Newlandburn House, Gorebridge and 30 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh. The Lieutenant-Colonel died in December 1896 and is buried in St. Nicholas Churchyard, Cramlington, Northumberland; sold with copied portrait photograph and research.

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