Potts DCM, Edward (No. 3384774)

Potts, Edward

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Warrant Officer Class II (Company Sergeant Major)

No. 3384774, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment

Killed in action on Thursday 12 April 1945 (aged 30)


Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany (Grave 1. B. 5)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards


Edward Potts’s birth was registered in the second quarter of 1914 in Cockermouth, Cumberland and he was a son of Edward and Agnes Potts (nee Blair) of Parsonby, Aspatria, Allerdale, Cumberland.  Their marriage was registered in the first quarter of 1901 in Penrith, Cumberland.  Edward Potts Senior worked as a hewer in a coal mine and he and Agnes had at least six children:  Maria, James, William, Jane, Robinson, and Edward.

Edward Potts joined the East Lancashire Regiment before the outbreak of the Second World War, and he was the husband of Margaret Patricia Potts of Belfast. Edward Potts and Margaret Patricia Lindsay (aged 20) were married on 5 February 1940 in College Square Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

Edward and Margaret Patricia Potts had two sons, William, and Edward.  When Edward Potts died on 12 April 1945, his effects amounted to some £290 and probate was granted to his brother, Robinson Potts.

In early April 1945 the 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment moved through the eastern border areas of Holland, dealing with enemy stragglers, and then on 12 April 1945 they were involved in a heavy engagement when crossing the River Aller.

Company Sergeant Major Edward Potts DCM (No. 3384774) was 30 when he died, and he was buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:


Company Sergeant Major Edward Potts DCM (No. 3384774) is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards.

Margaret Patricia Potts died on 13 April 1980.