Potts, Richard

Richard Potts, L/Cpl 19617, 9th Bn, South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action 2nd February 1918 in Greece, aged 23

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Richard Thomas and Hannah Maria Potts, of 190, Crompton Rd., Macclesfield, Cheshire.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

Richard was  reported to be wounded in the Macclesfield Times on 14 July 1916:

LOCAL MEN WOUNDED

Private Richard Potts, 8th South Lancs Regt, son of Mr R Potts, Crompton Rd, Macclesfield, has been wounded in the thigh with shrapnel while fighting in France, and is now in hospital at Manchester, where he is making satisfactory progress. He was wounded on Sunday week at the commencement of the “big push.” Private Potts is 21 years of age and was educated at Mill Street School. He enlisted twelve months ago, being employed at the time as a designer at Messrs Kershaw’s, Ltd. He has been at the front nearly ten months. His brother, Robert Henry, is in training with the RAMC in England.

Richard’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 15 February 1918:

LANCE-CORPL R POTTS KILLED

Official news was received this week of the death in action in Salonika on February 2nd of Lance-Corporal Richard Potts, son of Mr and Mrs R T Potts, 190 Crompton Rd, Macclesfield, The deceased enlisted about three years ago in the South Lancs Regt and had served in Salonika for two years. Last week his parents had a letter from him, dated Jan 27th, stating that he was quite well.

Lance-Corpl Potts was educated at Mill Street School, and on leaving entered the employ of Messrs J Kershaw and Son, with whom he was engaged at the time of enlistment. He was 23 years of age, and was associated with Crompton Road Sunday School. Two brothers are serving in the Army – Private R H Potts, RAMC, and Pte Fred Potts, RFA. A photograph of Lance-Corpl Potts will be published in our next issue.

 

COMMEMORATION

L/Cpl Richard Potts is buried in Grave Ref. I. F. 1. of the Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece. His father asked for the inscription “HE LIVES WITH US IN MEMORY STILL FROM FATHER, MOTHER SISTERS AND BROTHERS” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for L/Cpl Richard Potts, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, L/Cpl Richard Potts is commemorated on the Park GreenTown Hall, St Michael’s Church and St Andrew’s Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Robert Henry Potts, who served as a private in the RAMC; and Fred Potts, who served as Gunner 187020 in the Royal Field Artillery.

 

SOURCES

Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
WWI Absent Voters Lists: Macclesfield Parliamentary Division
Macclesfield Times: 14 July 1916, 15 February 1918, 23 Sept 1921 (photo supplement)

 


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