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Lieutenant, 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Died 23rd April 1917, age 23.

Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, France.

Student of engineering.


 

Geoffrey was born in 1893 at Bolton to William Edward & Emily A.j.  Potts of Poulton-le-Fylde. He was educated at Poulton-le-Fydle Grammar School (known as Baines School after the man whose will led to it being set up), Poulton-le-Fylde, moving to Leys School, Cambridge in 1907 where he was a prefect, champion gymnast, member of the Games Committee, part of the rifle club, captain of the cycle club and gained his First Colours for Football. In 1912 he started an engineering course at Manchester University.

Geoffrey joined the University Training Corp as an emergency recruit and in August 1914 and was quickly enlisted to the 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment before being commissioned in October that year. In September 1915 he was promoted to Lieutenant and made his way to France two months later. For over a year he had acted as quartermaster. On 23rd April 1917 the unit was involved in a difficult attack near Heninel, as part of the Battle of Arras. After the initial attack Lieutenant Colonel Whitehead went forward to assess the situation, accompanied by Geoffrey who was at that time his liaison officer. Geoffrey was on his way back to headquarters with a message from Whitehead requesting reinforcements when he was hit in the groin by a snipers bullet. A Regimental Sergeant Major found him shelter in a shell hole and Geoffrey was able to pass on the message before he died.

Geoffrey left effects worth 216 18s 2d to his father who was noted to be an architect.