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Edgar Potter (1918 - 1943)

Called up in October 1939, Edgar served as a Driver with the Royal Engineers but was captured by the Japanese when Singapore surrendered in February 1942.  He subsequently endured 20 months of slavery in barbaric conditions before succumbing to disease on the island of Formosa (now called Taiwan). 

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Name: Edgar Dennis Potter
Service: British Army
Unit:  251 Field Park Company, Royal Engineers
Service Number:  1890839
Rank: Driver
Date of Death:  27th October 1943
Age: 24
Buried: Plot VI, Row J, Grave 5, Sai Wan Cemetery, Hong Kong


This page is under construction

In order to try and tell the story of Edgar’s life as fully as possible, a request has been submitted to the Ministry of Defence for a copy of his Service Record. 

Due to the exceptionally high volume of requests that the Ministry are currently receiving, it looks as if it will be the end of this year (or later) before a copy of the document is released.

It is hoped to include Edgar’s story here, at some point during 2025.  In the meantime, if you would like further information about Edgar’s life then please feel free to get in touch.


Mark Ashmore

February 2024

  • 83
  • Died in the Second World War
  • 51.967885, 1.028737

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