Philip is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 1921, Ipswich.

Died: 15th February 1942; age 21.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5836134.

Regiment: Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Grave Reference:

Column 4.

Singapore Civil Hospital Grave Memorial,




Father: Frederick Newton Potkins, born 1900, Ipswich – died 1926, Ipswich.

Mother: Violet Edith Potkins, born 1900, Ipswich – died 1926, Ipswich.

Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion
The Battalion was attached to the 18th East Anglian Division.( including 4/5th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment)
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.

The Battle of Singapore

Fierce fighting on the roads and waterways leading to Singapore held back the Japanese attack on the city, many units running out of supplies and ammunition. The City finally surrendered after its water supply was cut off and the fear of civilian casualties. Thousands of troops were taken and used as slave labour. This was the largest British surrender in in WW2 . 80,000 British, Indian and Australian troops in Singapore became prisoners of war, joining 50,000 taken by the Japanese in the earlier Malayan Campaign.

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