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The Potts VC Trust

Registered Charity 1147047

c/o The Office for the Lieutenancy of Berkshire
Berkshire Record Office
9 Coley Avenue

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The Hon Mrs Bayliss JP, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for the Royal County of Berkshire

Chris Tarrant OBE

Michael Naxton - curator of Lord Ashcroft's VC collection

Officers Chairman of The General Committee
Richard Bennett (07802 763289)

Chairman of the Finance Committee
Richard Bennett

Chairman of the Implementation Committee

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

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First World War Centenary Project


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index updated 28/9/2014

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

The Trooper Potts Memorial Trust therefore has been 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, July 2014.


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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