In memoriam

Private Hugh Potter



Hugh Potter was born on 29 September 1896 at 8 Moore Street, Belfast, the ninth of ten children of labourer Hugh Potter and his wife Sarah (nee Wilson). His father died before Hugh's third birthday. By the time the war broke out he was living with his mother and sisters at 108 Woodstock Road, Belfast, and working as a clerk.

Potter enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron on 31 August 1915 (No.286).

In June 1916 while serving with the squadron at Enniskillen he contracted tuberculosis. He was discharged as no longer physically fit for war service on 21 May 1917. His condition worsened after his discharge and he died at home on 2 July 1918, aged 21.

Private Potter has only recently been accepted for commemoration by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. As his place of burial is presently unknown, his name is recorded on the Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial, Surrey, England.



Image kindly provided by Steve Rogers, Project Co-ordinator of The War Graves Photographic Project.