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The Potts VC Trust

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c/o Richard Bennett
69 Baker St

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The Hon Mrs Bayliss CVO JP,

Chris Tarrant OBE

Michael Naxton - curator of Lord Ashcroft's VC collection

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Richard Bennett
69 Baker St
Reading RG1 7XY
tel (07802 763289)

Secretary Chris Andrews
378 Wokingham Road
Earley RG6 7HX

Brenda Tait
36 Church End Road
Tilehurst RG30 4UP

Haslams Estate Agents - a long standing business in Reading became our Major Sponsor in 2013


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P0001 updated 10/11/2015
Welcome to the Memorial

The memorial in its place outside the Crown Courts in Reading and showing the memorial to the men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who died in the Boer War and the two World Wars.

Frederick Owen Potts is Reading's only Victoria Cross holder and was virtually unknown in the town due mainly to his own modesty. Fred died in 1943 and many people in Reading believed the time was long overdue to recognise his bravery with a suitable memorial in a town centre location.

The Trooper Potts Memorial Trust therefore was set up to raise the necessary funds and commission a suitable memorial. On this website you can read his story and find out about the appeal to raise the funds necessary to commemorate a very brave and modest man.

The project to properly commemorate Fred's bravery was initiated after a broadcast on BBC Radio Berkshire by Graham McKechnie and Jon Cooksey. You can hear this broadcast by clicking HERE

As well as commemorating Fred Potts we are also mindful of the sacrifices of the many men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who gave their lives, both in the battle for Scimitar Hill and throughout World War One. Many of these lie in unmarked graves in Gallipoli. What is so encouraging is ther attitude of the people of Turkey today, who give honour and comfort to all the combattants of that dreadful campaign.

Update November 2015

Now that the memorial is established you may care to see extracts from the unveiling ceremony and service on October 4th

Films of the unveiling service can be seen on our Facebook site : A short film showing extracts of the service can be seen: by clicking HERE

The full service may be viewed: by clicking HERE

Network Rail have been one of our staunch supporters and have published a short piece about the memorial in their recent house magazine. Click Here

John Chapman, chairman of the Design and Implementation Committee represented the trust at a reception at the Turkish Embassy in London on the 29th October, to commemorate the 92nd anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic by Kemal Attaturk who commanded the Turkish forces opposing the Berkshire Yeomen at Gallipoli - see below

We are grateful to Reading Borough Council for their support One of our key tasks now is to make permanent arrangements for its maintenance and security.

On November 11th at 11 am The Berkshire Yeomanry and the Trust will be laying wreaths at the memorial site

WE MADE IT! - 4th Oct. 2015

The unveiling of the statue and the Berkshire Yeomanry Memorial took place starting at 11:00 on Sunday 4th October 2015

Chris Tarrant OBE and the Lord Lieutenant, Mr James Puxley drew back the veil covering the statue to applause and delight. Then two members of the Lower 6th form at the Abbey School pulled back the veil over the Berkshire Yeomanry Roll of Honour. When people got a chance to see the statue close up they were amazed at the detail, buttons with badges, detritus with labels and a reflection of the Maiwand Lion. What was even more moving was the way people stood silently before the Roll of Honour reading the words of John F Kennedy and remembering the bravery of the men listed.

To see some more details of the memorials please CLICK HERE. This page will be updated shortly

Stewart Turkington filmed the occasion for us and his film can be seen By CLICKING HERE

The Press syndication can be seen By CLICKING HERE

The report about the Abbey School's participation can be seen By CLICKING HERE

Other films about the Project can be seen By CLICKING HERE This includes the BBC South Totay report of the unveiling event and also a film of sculptor, Tom Murphy, working on the life swize maquette, the foundry processes and the stonemasons at work.

To see a list of all the people and organisations who have helped please CLICK HERE

Update, Oct 2015.

Following the Fundraising Ball in November 2014 we have raised the funds to enable us to complete the memorial

In March 2015 members of the Trust approved the life size sculpture of Trooper Potts and Trooper Andrews, which Tom Murphy had completed in clay. Images of Tom at work on the sculpture can be seen HERE

A film of Tom at work can be seen on ITV Meridian's Web Site

Morris Singer Fine Art Foundry were selected to cast the sculpture in bronze.

The Roll of Honour, which lists the names of the 426 men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who lost their lives in the wars of the 20th Century, was produced in bronze by Photocast Products of Liverpool.

Our first newsletter was published in March and can be seen HERE

Further details on : our Facebook page

Roll of Honour

426 men of The Berkshire Yeomanry lost their lives in service of their country in the wars of the 20th Century, 353 in The First World War of which many were at Gallipoli Their names will be placed on the Roll of Honour that will be part of the memorial. Would you like to consider sponsoring a name, perhaps a family name, that of a friend or colleague or a name that intrigues you. We seek donations of a minimum of 35 to sponsor a name being placed on the Roll of Honour.

Lieutenant WEG Niven, the father of the late actor David Niven, served in the Berkshire Yeomanry and lost his life at Gallipoli, he will be commemorated. His grandsons in the States have supported our appeal.

Sponsors will receive a certificate of thanks and also details of the man; where they came from, any battles they fought in, their last campaign and where they are buried /recorded on a Roll of Honour in a foreign field.

The Victor

One of our supporters came up with this edition of the boys' comic The Victor from 1967. We hope you will enjoy reading it Click here
The Victor DC Thomson & Co. Ltd. 2014 Used By Kind Permission of DC Thomson & Co. Ltd.


After the war, the commander of the Turkish Army, Kemal Ataturk, who became President of Turkey, set out these sentiments in his declaration:-

Those Heroes that shed their blood
and lost their lives,
you are now lying in the soil of a
friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
and the Mehmets, to us where they lie side by side
here in this country of ours
You the mothers,
Who sent their sons from far away countries
wipe away your tears.
Your sons are now lying in our bosom
and are in peace
After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well
Ataturk 1934

And we recall the words of President J F Kennedy

A Nation reveals itself, not only by the men it produces; but also by the men it honours, the men it remembers

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