The Great War of 1914-1918 took many young men from the village, including Herbert Potts. Herbert enlisted with the 9th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders and went to fight in the trenches in France. By March 1918 he was a Corporal. On March 21st the Battle of St Quentain began when the Germans began a new offensive, pounding the British troops with heavy artillery fire and shells for over 5 hours, the British responding with artillery fire of their own. The firing stopped overnight. The morning brought thick fog but, when it cleared, the Germans resumed their offensive. Herbert Potts was fatally injured in this onslaught and died of his wounds on March 22nd, 1918. He was 20 years old.
Lucy died on January 24th, 1934, aged 75 and was buried in St Mary’s Churchyard.
Edward Potts later married Alice Simpson, they continued the tenancy of Church Cottages and Alice kept the village shop. Edward was always closely involved with the church and was presented with a beautiful inkwell in the shape of a bell in appreciation of his 50 years as a bellringer at St Mary’s. Edward Potts died on 26th July, 1947, aged 82, and was also buried in St Mary’s churchyard.
British War Medal
Herbert is buried at Roye New British Cemetery