Image from the Evening Star – 4th January 1944
Born: 5th August 1922, Ipswich.
Died: 25th December 1943; age: 21; MPK.
Residence: 10, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.
Rank: Assistant Steward; Service Number: LT/LX 28289.
Regiment: Royal Naval Patrol Service, H.M. Trawler ‘Kingston Beryl’
Panel 13, Column 2.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George William & Alice Maud Potter, of Ipswich.
Father: George William Potter, born April 1884, Ipswich.
Mother: Alice Maud Potter (nee Smith), born February 1890, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
William was living with his parents & siblings at their family home – 10, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.
George, a Shopfitter’s French Polisher.
Alice, unpaid Domestic Duties.
Phyllis May Potter, unpaid Domestic Duties, born October 1915, Ipswich.
Maud Jean Potter, a Tapestry Needleworker, born April 1920, Ipswich.
Lilian Drusilla Potter, a Tobacco Stripper, born December 1923, Ipswich.
Thomas Montague Potter, at school, born November 1925, Ipswich.
Edith J. Potter, born February 1928, Ipswich.
Elizabeth Patricia Potter, born February 1928, Ipswich.
Percy J. Potter, born 1929, Ipswich.
25th December 1943
H.M. Trawler ‘Kingston Beryl’ was built by Cook, Welton & Gemmill (Beverley). Launched: 2nd October 1928. Requisitioned by the Admiralty as an anti submarine vessel: 26th August 1939. On Christmas Day (T.Sub.Lt. Alan William John Baker, RNVR) whilst on convoy escort duty off Skeryvore, Isle of Islay, she struck two British mines which had broken free and sank swiftly with the loss of 27 crew.