No.16081, Private, Fred POTTER
Aged 31

7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Saturday, 24th February 1917

Fred Potter was born in Cowlinge (Risbridge Q3-1885 4A:595), son of Walter and Susannah POTTER(née CHAPMAN).

1891 census...Aged 5, he was at Deynes Road, Cowlinge with his father Walter POTTER [44] farm labourer; his mother Susanna [40]; brothers George [20] and Alethea [17] (both farm labourers) and Christopher [1]; sister Jane [16]. All were born in Cowlinge .

1901 census...Aged 15, farm stockman, he was at Deynes Farm, Cowlinge with his parents; sister Jane; brothers Christopher and Charlie [9] and nephew Harold [3 months] parentage not recorded. The newcomers were both born in Cowlinge.

1911 census... Aged 25, he was at Lambfair Green, Cowlinge with his widower father and brother Charles. All three were farm labourers. His mother had died in 1909. Of the 10 children, 2 had died.

The pension has a nominee Mrs Florence Beatrice POTTER, of 6 Green Road, Newmarket. The relationship has not been found.

He enlisted in Newmarket in November 1914.
Possibly his was an accidental death since he was the only 7th battalion man to die that day and they were undergoing training near Montenescourt. He did however die at No.37 Casualty Clearing Station, one of only three in the 7th Suffolks to die that week. Another anomaly in that his Soldiers Effects entry gives where and when he died and the medal Index card only has "on or since 24/2/17"

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Fred Potter is buried in Avesnes-le-Comte Communal Cemetery Extension, grave 4:B:18

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