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Frederick was the son of Thomas and Jane Laborne Potts nee Thomas. Thomas was born about 1860 in Nottingham, and Jane was born about 1866 in Acton, London. They were married in Nottingham in 1883 (Jul/Aug/Sep) and had at least eight children; Harriet Grace/Grace Harriet (b. 6 December 1883), Frederick Thomas (b. abt 1886), Ralph (b. 24 September 1891), William Edward (b. 1893), George Samuel (b. 7 December 1894), Robert (b. 30 April 1897), Alban Philip (b. 8 May 1900) and Doris (b. abt 1903). In 1891 Thomas (32) and Jane (24) were living in Sneinton with their two children, Harriet (7) and Frederick (4). Thomas was a general labourer and Jane a cotton cleaner. By 1901 they were living at 2 South Street, Sneinton, and six children were at home on the night of the census; Harriet, Frederick, Ralph (9), William (7), George (6), Robert (3) and Alban (10 months). Frederick married Florence (Florrie) Saddington on 7 March 1909 at Nottingham General Baptist Chapel. Their daughter, Dora, was born the following year on 29 December 1910. In 1911 they were living at 5 Hooton Terrace, Castle Street, Nottingham, and later lived at 8 Wool Alley, Barker Gate, Nottingham. Frederick's parents and several of his siblings have not been traced on the 1911 census, but by 1919 his parents and two of his siblings, Robert and Doris, were living at 6 Castle Street, Sneinton. Frederick's sister, Grace, married Thomas William Bend, an iron turner, in 1903 and in 1911 they were living at 23 Lamcote Street, Meadows. They had had four children of whom three were still living: Thomas William (7), Harold James (2) and Grace Irene (under 1 years). Frederick's widow completed a form giving details of her late husband's relatives: Wife and child: 8 Wool Alley, Barker Gate, Nottingham. Parents: Thomas and Jane Potts, 6 Castle Street, Sneinton. Brothers: George (address illegible) and Robert (22), Castle Street, Sneinton. Sisters: Grace Bend nee Potts (35), 61 Lamcote Street, Meadows, and Doris Potts (16), 6 Castle Street, Sneinton. His brother Alban (b. 1900) attested on 5 July 1915 incorrectly giving his age as 19; at the time he was living at 1 Thurgaton Street, Sneinton. He served in the Sherwood Foresters (27910) and was in France in 1916 when he was posted home on 11 June 1916 and discharged 'having made a misstatement as to age on enlistment. His total service towards his engagement to 1 August 1916 (the date of discharge) was 1 years 28 days. Alban appears to have rejoined the army when he reached enlistment age (see 'Extra Information'). He died in 1972 aged 71. His younger brother, Ralph, joined the Royal Navy on 27 April 1910 and was an Acting Leading Stoker when he was killed in HMS Queen Mary when she was sunk at the Battle of Jutland, 31 May 1916 (Portsmouth Naval Memorial). Another brother, George Samuel, who worked for the LNER as a railway porter and later railway shunter, enlisted in the RFA on 17 March 1915 (L11366, Bombardier). He served in France from 8 January 1916 and then served in India from 23 November 1917. He was not discharged from the Army until 24 December 1919. He married Maud Caroline Govan in Leytonstone, West Ham, on 15 September 1917. He died in 1979 age 84. There is also evidence that Robert also served in the Great War although details of his service have not yet been traced (see 'Extra Information). Robert Potts died in 1978 aged 81. Thomas Potts died in 1935 aged 75 and Jane Potts died in 1959 aged 93. Grace Harriet Bend died in 1972 aged 89 and .
In 1901 he was a printer's apprentice. He joined the Army in 1904 and transferred to the Army Reserve in 1907. He was described on the 1911 Census as a butcher's outfitter.
04 May 1915
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Lance Corporal
6th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Potts enlisted in the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters on 30 January 1904 when he was 18 years old. He engaged for 12 years (3 years with the Colours, 9 in Reserve) and transferred to the Army Reserve on 29 January 1907. He mobilized in Derby on 5 August 1914. He served with the Expeditionary Force and was in France by February 1915 as he was admitted to hospital in Rouen that month. He was killed on 4 May 1915 and is buried in Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix.
Nottingham Post obituary (abridged), 21 May 1915: 'Potts. Killed in action May 4th, Lance Corporal FT Potts, 1st (sic) Sherwood Foresters, husband of Florence Potts, 8 Wool Alley, Barker Gate, age 27 (sic).' Frederick's personal property was returned to Florrie in September 1915: 1 rosary, 1 wallet, correspondence, 2 photos, 1 note book, 1 knife, 1 medallion, 1 disc. Florence was his sole legatee. She was awarded a pension of 15 shillings a week for herself and her child with effect from 15 November 1915. Extracts from the Sneinton Council Junior Mixed School school log which was completed by the headmaster (School Log held in Nottinghamshire Archives): 11/12 July 1916: visits from two old boys both age 16, Alban Potts, wounded in France and John Glover on leave from submarines. 18 October 1918: Two brothers – old boys – Robert and Alban Potts on furlough visited.
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