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P1060 updated 18/2/2017
Now that our main objective has been completed we find there are still many things to do. There have also been several smaller projects which were spawned by our major project.
Future activitiesThe Trust continues to undertake outreach in both primary and secondary schools.If you wouild like to organise an event please contact Richard Bennett. (see the CONTACT US link in the left hand panel
We will continue to participate in the annual Service of Remembrance to ensure that our men are never forgotten.
We will partipate in events such as Heritage Open Days and Armed Forces Days.
On going MaintenanceThe memorials were formally adopted by Reading Borough Council in January 2016. They have taken responsibility for managing their maintenance. The Trust will fund the cost of the annual cleaning/ rewaxing of the bronze sculpture and Roll of Honour and the occasional cleaning of the Portland Stone. The funds raised to date provide a base to enable this, but we continue to seek support and donations may be made: by clicking HERE
Trooper Potts Way
L-R Richard Bennett, Stacy Williams (Student at Reading College), Brenda Tait (Finance) , Tim Jones (Student at Reading College), Anne Ames, Richard Duckett (lecturer Reading College) Fred Pugh (former Mayor of Reading) John Chapman, Michael Naxton (Patron and Curator of Lord Ashcroft's VC Collection), Chris Andrews, David Card.
The Trooper Potts VC Pavement Slab
The Potts VC Paving Slab
The Trooper Potts Paving stone was installed to the right edge of the of the Reading and Berkshire War Memorial
The Thatcham VC Paving Stones
Three VC paving slabs in Thatcham
Alexander Buller Turner was born in Reading but left with his military family shortly afterwards. He was killed at Loos with the Royal Berkshire Regiment and awarded the VC on the 28th September 1915. The family moved to Thatcham where Alexander spent most of his early life. His uncle had won the VC in the Boer war, his brother Victor Buller won it in the 2nd World War and another Thatcham man William John House also won it in the Boer War.
Although technically the VC pavement should have gone to Reading as they were awarded by birthplace, it was felt more appropriate to site it in Thatcham and agreement between Reading Borough Council and Thatcham Town Council allowed all three slabs to be unveiled in 2015.
The plaque unveiling
The event was reported by The Reading Chronicle, click HERE> , by Get Reading and featured on Radio Berkshire.
And Finally!! - Some other websites which have joined our commemorationsLocal sites
The memorials have their own site on
Berkshire War Memorials include the memorials.
The WIKI site.
The Lord-Lieutentant for Berkshire's website records his key part in the unveiling ( see 4th October 2015)
Chris Tarrant OBE ( Patron) recorded his thoughts after the unveiling.
War Memorials On Line have included images of the Berkshire Yeomanry Roll of Honour and Trooper Potts VC Memorial
Victoria Cross On Line have included images
Memorials to Valour
History Learning have, with our full support, included our film about the history of The Victoria Cross in their site
We await the Imperial War Museum to update their War Memorials Register, this takes time as they have a great volume of work and limited resources. In the meantime information is shown on the Imperial War Museum's site about First World War commemorative events
Local Media have been supportive from the start including;
BBC Radio Berkshire
BBC South Today
It is also reported in Centenary News
Berkshire Life AltReading
The Great War Forum also records some thoughts about the unveiling
Reading College lecturers and students were terrific supporters of the Trust, fundraising and taking part in educational outreach.
The Abbey School helped us at the unveiling
The Gallipoli and Dardanelles International were strong supporters of the project
The Gallipoli Association supported us from the start. and reported The service of dedication
Our Sponsor, Haslams Estate Agents included details on their website
David Wilson Homes
The Palmyra 3D project took a very careful set of images for us and built a 3D image which is to scale should there be any problems with the memorial in the future
Public Art UK independently made a 3 D impression of the memorials.
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