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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 john.chapman@purley.eu

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

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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, November 2014.

Pride of Reading

On Friday 31 October at an event in the Madejski Conference Centre Chris Tarrant OBE presented the Trooper Potts VC Fundraising Team with the Pride of Reading Special Award 2014. The event had an underlying theme of remembrance. For details see the Get Reading article


Our Second Charity Ball on 1st November, hosted by Chris Tarrant, raised an astonishing 70,000. Our thanks go to Chris Tarrant and our 270 guests on the night, those who generously provided, or bid for, auction items and sponsored the memorial. Images from the Ball can be seen: HERE

Taking into account the funds already raised, the funds raised at the ball and an anonymous donation of 25,000 the Trust has raised enough funds to enable the memorial to be completed. see HERE

The Sculptor, Tom Murphy, was commissioned on the night of the ball. We plan to unveil the memorial on 4 October 2015.

We are still working to build a maintenance fund, so please keep on giving. A great big thank you to all those who have contributed so far.

Further details on : our Facebook page

Roll of Honour

416 men of The Berkshire Yeomanry lost their lives in service of their country in the wars of the 20th Century, 346 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.

To see the list of names and how to sponsor a name please click on this link

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 Memorial

This photo-montage shows the memorial as we hope to unveil it in October 2015 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.

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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