Potty About Potts

The campaign to establish a permanent memorial to Reading’s only Victoria Cross holder, Trooper Potts of the Berkshire Yeomanry, took another step forward today when Reading West MP Martin Salter spoke in Parliament today.

Trooper Fred Potts won his Victoria Cross at Gallipoli in 1915 for an act of bravery which has been described as “one of the most extraordinary” of the Great War. Trooper Potts, although badly wounded himself by Turkish gunfire, saved the life of his fellow Reading townsman, Trooper Andrews, by dragging his wounded body to safety on a shovel over three days and nights under intense enemy fire.

Subsequently, Trooper Potts said, “It never struck me that I had done any more than any other British soldier would have done for a comrade”.

Salter is helping to organise a Memorial Committee which will aim to raise in the order of £50,000 to establish a permanent memorial, possibly in the Forbury Gardens to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of Trooper Potts and the men of the Berkshire Yeomanry. The Committee, which has the support of all parties in Reading, will be chaired by the Mayor, Councillor Fred Pugh. Currently there is only one small plaque commemorating this act of bravery on a wall in Brock Barracks.

http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2009/12/11/43493-forbury-plinth-for-trooper/

Part I http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/berkshire/h … 345463.stm

Part II http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/berkshire/h … 345488.stm

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