Born: 1912, Ipswich.
Died: 1st September 1943; age: 31; Japanese POW – Thailand – Burma Railway.
Captured: 15th February 1942.
Residence: 27, Gloucester Road, pswich.
Employed: at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 5833093.
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion – Infantry.
Image courtesy of Kevin Knights.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George William & Mary Potkins, of Ipswich.
Father: George William Potkins, December 1870, Caxton, Cambridgeshire.
Mother: Mary Potkins (nee Fox), born January 1871, Debenham, Suffolk.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
Albert was a Timber Yard Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
George, a Corporation General Labourer.
Mary, unpaid Domestic Duties.
George William Potkins, a Permanent Way labourer, born December 1899, Ipswich.
Arthur Potkins, a Plate Pattern Iron Moulder, born July 1903, Ipswich.
Alfred Potkins, a Corporation General Labourer, born August 1905, Ipswich.
Stanley Francis Potkins, a C/Hand Inspector – Iron Fittings, born February 1915, Ipswich.
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.