Potton, Frank Joseph

Potton, Frank Joseph

 

 

Military History:

 

Regiment:
Royal Fusiliers

Rank:
Private

Service Number:
59537

Date of Enlisting:
15.2.1917

Date of death:
19.10.1918

 

Cemetery/ Memorial:
Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Roisel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France

 

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour
Ashwell Village War Memorial

 

 

Frank enlisted at Hitchin on 15th February 1917.  He served in the Western European Theatre of War with the Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment), 3rd Battalion, Regimental number 59537. He was formerly TR/9/1838 with the Training Battalion. Frank was wounded in action on 17th October 1918 and died at a Casualty Clearing Station two days later on 19th October 1918.

Frank was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

He is buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Roisel, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France and commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour and the Ashwell War Memorial.

 

Family History:

 

Date of Birth:
11.10.1898

Birth Place:
Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Residence:
Ashwell, Hertfordshire

Marriage:
Single

 

Frank was the fourth son of David and Clara (nee Kirbyshire) Potton of 42 Station Rd, Ashwell, Hertfordshire.  He was a pupil of the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell and before he enlisted he had been employed by Bailey & Co and Mr Thomas Wylie.

After his death his parents named their house Roisel after the place where Frank is buried.

 

Commentary:

 

Name:Frank Joseph Potton
Birth Place:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Residence:Ashwell, Hertfordshire
Death Date:19.10.1918
Enlistment Place:Hitchin
Rank:Private
Regiment:Royal Fusiliers
Battalion:3rd Battalion
Regimental Number:         59537
Type of Casualty:Died of Wounds
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

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