George Harold Potts, Private 202544, 1st/4th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 9th March 1918 in Palestine, aged 25
Husband of Emily Potts, of 42 Lord St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
George’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 5 April 1918:
Pte George Harold Potts, Ches Regt, whose wife resides at 42 Lord St, Macclesfield, was killed in Egypt on March 9th. He was twenty-five years of age, a native of Bollington and received his education at Water Street School. Pte Potts was formerly employed as a spinner at the Adelphi Mill and enlisted in November 1916, being drafted to Egypt in February of the following year. Whilst at Bollington he was a member of the junior football club and attended Kerridge Wesleyan Sunday School. Pte William Potts, Ches Regt, his brother, was taken prisoner by the Germans during the retreat from Mons and is now in Holland. Another brother, Pte Wilfred Potts, Ches Regt, is guarding German prisoners at Handforth.
Private George Potts is buried in Grave Ref. M. 92. in Jerusalem War Cemetery. His widow asked for the inscription “FOR EVER WITH THE LORD” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private George Potts, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private George Potts is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and St George’s Church war memorials, and on the Bollington Palmerston Street war memorial and Adelphi Mill roll of honour.
Brother of William Potts, who served with the Cheshire Regt and was taken prisoner by the Germans during the retreat from Mons; and of Wilfred Potts, who also served with the Cheshire Regt, guarding German prisoners at Handforth.