Frederick John Potton

19 April 1914–20 August 1996 (Age 82)
Margate, Kent, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Frederick John

When Frederick John Potton was born on 19 April 1914, in Margate, Kent, England, United Kingdom, his father, William Potton, was 35 and his mother, Minnie Spendley, was 35. He married Phyllis Mary Martin on 22 September 1945, in Salehurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. He died on 20 August 1996, at the age of 82.

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Family Time Line

Frederick John Potton
Phyllis Mary Martin
Marriage: 22 September 1945

Spouse and Children

22 September 1945
Salehurst, Sussex, England, United Kingdom

Parents and Siblings

    William Potton





World Events (8)


Age 4

WWI ends in November with armistice. The number of UK war dead runs to several hundred thousand.
1921 · British Unemployment Reaches Post-War High

Age 7

British unemployment reached a post-war high in July 1921 of 2.5 million people.
1939 · Britain Enters World War II

Age 25

Britain entered the Second World War as war was declared on Germany on September 3, 1939. World War II came to an end after the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, which killed 140,000 people. Less than a week later, the Japanese surrendered and the war officially ended on August 15, 1945.

Name Meaning

English:1. topographic name for someone who lived by a postern gate, from Old French posterne; in some cases it would have been a metonymic occupational name for a gatekeeper. 2. habitational name from Poston in Herefordshire or Poston in Shropshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Possa + þorn ‘thorn tree’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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