Potter,Ernest John William


War Service:
Supply Assistant ERNEST JOHN WILLIAM POTTER died on 11 January 1941 when the cruiser HMS Southampton was bombed in the Mediterranean.

The Southampton was part of the escort for a convoy to Alexandria when she came under attack by dive bombers SE of Malta. She was badly damaged by two delayed action bombs. Continual air attacks made repair impossible and after the survivors had been taken on board the destroyer HMS Diamond she was sunk by torpedoes from the cruisers Gloucester and Orion.

He was lost at sea and is commemorated on the Chatham Navy Memorial.

Location of Memorial:
He is also remembered on the WW2 memorial at Haberdashers' Aske's school in New Cross.

He was 21 years old, the son of John Ernest and Amy Rose Potter of Catford.

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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