Arthur POTTS
Rank: Bombardier
Number: 43075
Unit: A Battery, 83rd Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 22 January 1918
Age: 22
Cemetery: Bleuet Farm Cemetery, Elverdinghe, Belgium

The Potts family lived at 76 Richardson Street for many years. They were there when the 1901 Census was taken and were still there in the early 1920s. Arthur was the youngest of seven children. His mother was Eliza and the Census records her as being married but there is no mention of her husband and his name is not known.

Arthur is known to have been married although his wife’s name is not known. The War Graves Commission records her post-War address as 159 Higher Brinksway, Cheadle Heath.

His service number is very low for an artilleryman perhaps suggesting that he was a pre-War regular soldier. 83rd Brigade, however, was not part of the regular army but was formed very soon War was declared and Arthur may have been drafted in to provide some experience.

Arthur is known to have died of wounds he received and was not killed outright. At the time of his death, the Brigade was near Elverdinghe, where he is buried, so it is most likely that he received his injuries the same or previous day. However, this was a relatively quiet time in Belgium and the Brigade’s official records contain only scant notes of the days and there is no mention of casualties. As such, it is impossible to know the circumstances in which Arthur was injured but most artillerymen were killed or wounded when their gun positions came under attack from enemy artillery.

   
           
   
     
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