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Breaking rules can save your life

by JoChallacombe2

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Noel Potier, Andre Potier
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North Africa
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Royal Air Force
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08 July 2005

My name is Andre Potier; I was born and brought up in Braunton, N.Devon. My story concerns my eldest brother, Noel Potier a lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals. He was stationed in North Africa with the eighth army.

One day when a lot of action was taking place, he remembered that he had left something of importance in his tent. Against orders he decided to dash back to his tent and retrieve the item he had left behind.

Just as he got to the tent, there was an explosion behind him and the position he had been in was destroyed by either a bomb or a shell, killing everyone in the locality. If he hadn’t returned to the tent he would have died in the same way as his colleagues.

He survived the war but died several years later from injuries sustained whilst he was with the eighth army.

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