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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
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
Read some publications about Potts
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index updated 9/7/2014
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.
17 November 2014 4pm onwards - we are delighted to have been invited by Reading School to give a lecture in the “Inspire” lecture series to the 6th Form boys. The lecture will explain about the story, our aims, The Berkshire Yeomanry and Gallipoli and we will contrast the recovery of wounded in WW1 to what would happen today. Michael Naxton – Curator of Lord Ashcroft’s VC collection – will explain about VCs.
1 November 2014 – Charity Ball at the Reading Hilton. Timing – 7pm till late. The guest of honour will be The Lord Lieutenant for Berkshire The Hon Mrs Bayliss JP. Chris Tarrant OBE will be helping us to raise funds by auctioning prizes. Members of the 94(Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron will be there. The band will be the Mark Tait Band. If you are able to donate prizes for to be auctioned please contact; Sue Roberts Associates email: firstname.lastname@example.org, tel; 01189419289. Tickets are £60 per head, £600 per table of 10. If you would like to book a table, or receive details of the event please contact Sue Roberts
Sunday 3 August we will have a stand at “Heroes at Highclere” which is being held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and help raise money for numerous Armed Forces charities and humanitarian causes at Highclere Castle. We will be there with the maquette, the designs and buckets and opportunities to sponsor the project.
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Tickets are available now to this great event so book today to benefit from the early booking offer.
13 July – we will be supporting the Owen at Dunsden event in Dunsden Village hall from 2pm to 4:30 pm. This is a Mementoes and Memories event.
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
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
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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