Rank:


Second Lieutenant

Service No(s):


2396

Regiment:


London Regiment (Post Office Rifles)

Unit:

8th (City of London) Battalion

Returned:

No

Place of birth:

Islington

Occupation:

Commercial Clerk, London County Council

Date of death:

21/05/1916

Cause of death:

Killed in action

Grave or panel reference:

Bay 10, Memorial ID: 124930774

Name of father:

James Thomas Potter

Name of siblings:

Rosetta Mary

Name(s) of children:

Died:

Yes

Date of birth:

26/01/1887

Place of enlistment:

Not known

Event:

France

Age at death:

29

Cemetery or memorial:

The Arras Memorial, Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France

Other memorial:

There is an F Potter also commemorated at the Royal Northern Hospital Arch

Name of mother:

Rosetta Louisa Fuhlendorf

Name of spouse:

Address:

27 Lancaster Road, Stroud Green, Finsbury Park (1911)

Biography:

Frederick John Potter was born in Islington on 26 January 1887, to James Thomas Potter, and Rosetta Louisa Potter (née Fuhlendorf). His younger sister, Rosetta Mary, was born in October 1889, and he was baptised on 1 May 1887 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Holloway Road, about a mile south of the family home at 40 Fortnam Road, Upper Holloway. He also had German ancestry on his mother’s side, records showing his grandfather Johann Fuhlendorf was born in the Holstein region before moving to London. 

In the 1911 Census, the Potters are listed as living at 27 Lancaster Road in Stroud Green. James worked as a manager at a printing firm and Frederick and Rosetta, by now 24 and 21, were both still at home, Frederick working as a commercial clerk for London County Council and his sister as a schoolmistress.

Frederick enlisted for war duty in the City of London and worked his way up the ranks from Rifleman to Second Lieutenant in the 8th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment. In the latter role he would have been responsible for leading up to 50 soldiers in a platoon in training and operations.

He served on the Western Front and was killed in action on 21 May 1916, aged 29, when records show his battalion was engaged at Vimy Ridge in northern France. The German attack there was part of Operation Schleswig-Holstein – ironically the name of the region from which his grandfather hailed. 

Frederick is buried in Amiens Cemetery, France, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial that stands at the entrance to the cemetery and bears the names of nearly 35,000 soldiers of the UK, South African and New Zealand forces who have no known grave. 

He was posthumously awarded the Victory Medal, and his parents would have been sent a memorial death plaque. By the time of Frederick’s death they had moved to Broadstone in Dorset, although Mrs Potter appears on the register of members at New Court Congregational Church for 1921, and he is also remembered on the plaques accompanying the memorial Hunter organ at St Mellitus.