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16240   Private James Alexander Potter
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Dated added: 07/02/2017   Last updated: 07/11/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 21/01/1889
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 27
James Alexander Potter was the son of Robert and Margaret E Potter. He was born on 21st January 1889 in Caledon. The family moved to Belfast. His father was a carpenter. James Potter enlisted in Belfast. Private James Alexander Potter was serving with in C Company in the 11th Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on Saturday 1st July 1916.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: AIF Burial Ground
  Flers, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave XV-A-4
CWGC Casualty 264564
A.I.F. Burial Ground is 2 Kms north of the village of Flers, in the Department of the Somme. Travel south-west of Bapaume on the D929 in the direction of Albert for 6 Kms to the village of Le Sars. Turn left eastwards on the D11 in the direction of Geudecourt for 3.5 Kms to the D74/D197 junction. Continue along the D74 in the direction of Geudecourt for 500 metres when a CWGC signpost will be seen indicating the A.I.F. Burial Ground along a track to the right.
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Potter family Lists James as age 9, living with the family at house 26 in Albion Street, St George's Ward, Belfast, Antrim
2 Photo of Private James A Potter's grave
3 Forum discussion (GWF) Details of Private James Alexander Potter
4 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private James Alexander Potter's gravestone can be purchased here
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