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Potton Cemetery


Potton Cemetery 2007

In 1880 Potton Burial Board was established to consider the creation of a new cemetery for the town as the churchyard at St.Mary's was full. Land was purchased on the outskirts of town in Sandy Road and in 1882 the first burial was made on 16 May 1882 not to someone full of years but, sadly, to a little boy of two years of age, James Howard Campling. At that point the new section of the churchyard was closed, the old section having been closed three years earlier.

The cemetery contains six burials maintained on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

Private Emerys Grave March 1917

  • 2854 Private F.Emery of 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, clearly, from his number, a professional soldier before the war serving with the territorials, who died on 8th December 1914;
  • 7311 Private F.Moore of the depot (i.e. the home service contingent training troops to be sent out to the front, administering the Regimental records etc.) of the East Surrey Regiment who died on 19th July 1918, aged 31;
  • 26754 Private Alan Pettengell Whitfield of 1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, son of Jonathan and Naomi Whitfield of King Street, who died on 26th October 1918, aged 22
  • 203183 Private William Charles Hare of 1st/5th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment who died on 22nd October 1918, aged 30; he was the son of George and Priscilla Hare of Everton Heath and was married to Kate; his unit was with 54th (East Anglian) Division in Palestine at the time of his death, indicating that he may well have been invalided home with serious wounds or an illness such as malaria;
  • 845570 Gunner Stanley Edmund Norman of 65th (Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery who died on 8th October 1940
  • 14631797 Sapper George William Cobb of 20 Bomb Disposal Company, Royal Engineers who died on 29th November 1945, aged 40