Robert Henry Potts (1879-1915)

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Biography

Robert Henry Potts was the son of domestic gardener William and Sarah Jane Potts, and was baptised on 28 September 1879 at Dixon Green, Lancashire.

He married tailoress Eliza Ann Jenkinson on 2 June 1906 at Christ Church, Moldgreen. At that time, he was living at 31 Silver Street, Moldgreen and working as a teamer.

It seems Eliza Ann died soon after, as he then married Fanny Palmer, daughter of market gardener Warren Palmer, on 24 December 1910. The couple soon moved to 9 Freeman Square, Trinity Street, Huddersfield.

According to his service record, he enlisted in Huddersfield but his residence was Spalding, Lincolnshire.[1]

He was buried at St. John's, Newsome, on 10 April 1915.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

POTTS, ROBERT HENRY. Private. No 12467. 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Bolton. Lived 9 Freeman's Square, Trinity Street, Huddersfield. Died of wounds in a Newcastle hospital on 6.4.1915, aged 33 years. Buried St. JOHN'S CHURCHYARD, NEWSOME, HUDDERSFIELD. Grave location:- A, 27.

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  1. This is confirmed by his gravestone, which records his wife as "Fanny Potts of 45 Little London, Spalding, Lincs."