Born: 1912, Ipswich.
Died: 1st September 1943; age: 31; Japanese POW – Thailand – Burma Railway.
Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5833093.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George William & Mary Potkins, of Ipswich.
Father: George William Potkins, 1871, Caxton, Cambridgeshire.
Mother: Mary Potkins (nee Fox), born 1871, Debenham, Suffolk.
Albert is also remembered by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies with entrance gates, dedicated in May 1958, at Ransomes Sports’ Centre, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich.
4th and 5th Battalions:
The Battalions were attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.
15 February 1942: After the fall of Singapore, approximately 620 of the Battalions were taken POW and later mostly died on the Burma-Thailand Railway.