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Reginald Potter was born in South Derenth, Kent in about 1878.

On 25th September 1896, Reginald, now aged 18, enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment. His service number was 4828.

The book ‘The Bond of Sacrifice Volume II’ records that;

‘He served with the Mounted Infantry during the South African War and was wounded and taken prisoner. He escaped with Winston Churchill, was recaptured and eventually released after the Relief of Ladysmith’.

He was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal with three clasps and, as the medal roll below shows, was invalided back to England.


At the time of the 1901 census (Sunday March 31st) he was listed as being an ‘infantry soldier’ at Fulwood Barracks in Preston.

By the time of the 1911 census, now aged 34 he was a Colour Sergeant serving with the 2nd Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment in India.

On 6th October 1914, Warrant Officer (Class 2) Reginald Potter sailed with the 2nd Battalion East Lancs to France. He shortly afterwards took his commission into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, Company
Serjeant-Major Reginald Potter, from
The East Lancashire Regiment.

Second Lieutenant Potter was posted into ‘B’ Company of the 1st Battalion, joining them on 15th February 1915 at Allouagne, Pas-de-Calais.

There are no other specific references to 2nd Lt Potter in the Regimental War Diary until he was killed in action on 9th May. The following report relates to the action at Rue du Bois during which Reginald was killed;


Second Lieutenant Reginald Potter is remembered on the ‘Le Touret Memorial’. His service papers are available at the National Archives, reference WO 339/21855 (although they were not consulted during the writing of this article).

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Date of Death: 09/05/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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3 Responses to 2nd Lt. Reginald Potter

  1. Alex best says:

    Reginald Potter was my great grand father. I have heard lots of stories about him. My grandmother lost her father at a very young age. So great to see so much information about him x

  2. Alex best says:

    Reginald Potter was my Great Grandfather. So much respect from all our family. My granny his daughter was so young when he was taken away. But he will always be in our hearts, such a young courageous man.RIP Reggie xxx

  3. Chris Pursey says:

    On the 9th May 2015 my cousin Ian Payne (oldest Grandson) and myself Christopher Pursey(youngest Granson) will be at the Le Touret Memorial to celebrate the life of the Grandfather that we never had the opportunity of knowing or meeting who died serving his country 100 years ago to that day.

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