Laid to rest at the Field of Honour.


Born: 17th August 1883, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.

Died: 6th August 1920; age: 36. Died after Discharge (Invalided) at Home address: 4 Baker St., Ipswich, from (1) Pneumonia (2) Cardiac Failure.

Enlistment Details: Date: 29th August 1914; age: 29 years; Occupation: Casual Labourer. Height: 5ft & 6ins. Had previously served 3 years & 265 days – Suffolk Regiment, 3rd Battalion.

Discharged – Medically Unfit – 24th November 1914, at Colchester, Essex to 4, Baker Street, Ipswich. A Private, 2076, 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment. Served 88 days.

Previous Service 6 months RNR, Discharged 8/1/16 ; Army Reserve 1/10/16 ; Entered 30/6/17, joined 3rd Reserve Battalion 2/7/17-28/8/17 Discharged Invalided for “Deafness & Vertigo, Meniere’s Disease” granted Silver War Badge.

No Overseas service with RND ; A General Labourer ; b. Ipswich 18/8/1885 ; Wife, Elisa Potter (nee Balls), 4 Baker St., Ipswich. ; Married at Ipswich R.O. 10/12/1911. ; Son of William James & Mary Ann Potter (nee Hall), of 6 (later 7) Kent’s Yard, Church St. Ipswich.

Rank: Ordinary Seaman; Service Number: R/4473.

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 3rd Reserve Battalion. Royal Naval Division.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1891   7, Hope Court, Back Hamlet, Ipswich.


William was 9 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William James Potter, 39, a Labourer – Brickyard, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Potter (nee Hall), 34, born Ipswich.

George Alfred Potter, 10, born Ipswich.

Esther Eliza Potter, 4, born Ipswich.

Sarah Ann Potter, 1, born Ipswich.


1901   6, Kent’s Yard, St. Clement’s, Ipswich.


William was 17 years old, a Seaman. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 49, a Brickmaker’s Labourer.

Mary, 44.

Sarah, 11.

Thomas James Potter, 8, born Ipswich.


On the 25th December 1911, Ipswich, William married Eliza. They had 2 sons:

William Emmanuel Potter, born 1912, Ipswich – died 1912, Ipswich.

William John Potter, born July 1913, 4, Baker Street, Ipswich.

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