Born: 1912, Ipswich.

Died: 1st September 1943; age: 31; Japanese POW – Thailand – Burma Railway.

Residence: Ipswich.

Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5833093.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.


Grave Reference:

Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery,


Mon State,



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.

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