Market Lavington Museum

A letter from Sid to Eric


Eric James we have met before on this blog (click here). He was the baker at Number 1 High Street until lured away by the thought of being a poultry keeper. Eric received this letter from a friend serving in the forces during World War II.

1943 letter from Sid Potter to Eric James - an item of WWII memorabilia at Market Lavington Museum

1943 letter from Sid Potter to Eric James – an item of WWII memorabilia at Market Lavington Museum

The letter comes from Gunner F S Potter who signed himself as Sid. Sid was constrained by censors and gives away nothing about where he was at the time except that it could be as hot as an English summer, or very cold and stormy and a long way from any town. Paiforce was the Palestine and Iran Force

Sid was Market Lavington born in 1913 and remained, essentially a Market Lavington man until he died in 1974. The burial record tells us that his father was Robert and his mother was Rosina.

It certainly sounds as though he’d had enough of the war. No doubt he was pleased to get back to his garden in Market Lavington where his sweet peas were always considered very good.