The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial

The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, Reading

The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial

The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial
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A life size bronze sculpture commemorates the story of Trooper Potts VC, the only man from Reading to be awarded the Victoria Cross. This was for his deeds in Gallipoli 21-23 August 1915 when he rescued a fellow man of Reading from almost certain death from in front of the Turkish lines. It took them 48 hours to get back to the British lines and for part of the way Trooper Potts strapped his severely wounded comrade, Trooper Andrews, to a shovel, he became known as The Hero with the Shovel. In addition there is a Roll of Honour which lists the 426 men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who gave their lives in the wars of the 20th Century. Information Boards tell the story of The Victoria Cross, The Berkshire Yeomanry and this VC story.
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malc1005
Kettering, UK4,138 contributions
A lovely memorial to the Berkshire yeomanry, and in particular Trooper Potts, easy to find, and well worth a visit.
Written February 16, 2022
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Jane M
Reading, UK69 contributions
Family
I was surprised at how strongly I felt when I saw this. It really is a lovely piece of artwork and it's brought Trooper Potts well and truly back to his roots 🙏 Bless hi
Written February 4, 2018
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Thank you so much or that positive feedback. Our sculptor, Tom Murphy, will be delighted.
Written April 17, 2018
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Mike P
Wokingham911 contributions
Couples
I recently found the new Trooper Potts pub in Whitley and the story was told inside. This is a great location for this new work near the Forbury lion with it's war connections.
Written March 6, 2017
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Thank you for the feedback. We continue to be delighted that people respond so well to the memorial and its location.
Written August 2, 2017
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Greg
Cambridge, UK5,209 contributions
Solo
Next to Forbury Gardens, this monument pays tribute to Fred Potts, a heroic trooper who himself heralds from Reading. Found outside Reading’s Crown Court and has lots of information about what it truly symbolises.
Written June 1, 2019
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Hi Greg. Thank you for this. I had not been on the site for a while. I am pleased you found it appropriate. We continue to undertake educational outreach to schools and clubs. Best wishes Richard
Written November 29, 2019
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stephen h
Reading, UK212 contributions
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These local heroes have finally got a fitting tribute. If you're wandering around town, go and visit this well presented memorial with its graphic explanation board of Trooper Potts's exploits. There are other interesting things very nearby to look at, as well - the Abbey Gates, where Jane Austen once went to school, the Civil War earthworks in the Forbury, the Maiwand Lion, and the memorial to Henry West in the cemetery behind St Lawrence's church.
Written August 28, 2016
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Great feedback, thank you. Totally agree there are many interesting things for people to see nearby and this is one of the reasons we and Reading Council were so keen on this site - so our thanks to Reading Council for that support. Members of the Trust will be on site on Heritage Open Days in September to explain about the memorial.
Written August 2, 2017
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Robin S
Reading, UK85 contributions
Family
Finally a memorial to Readings only (as far as I know) VC winner, life size statue of the man dragging tpr Andrews to safety after both being wounded at Gallipoli. Co-located is the memorial to the men of the Berkshire Yeomanry who fell in war.
Written May 3, 2016
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Yes the only Reading VC. Our info boards note the Buller-Turner bothers who both were awarded the VC ( Alexander in WW1 and Victor in WW2), Alexander was born in Reading but did not live here for very long and is "claimed", rightly, by Thatcham as one of their sons as is his brother... their VC paving stones are in Thatcham. The info board also shows Sir Charles Russell, who gained his VC in the battle if Inkerman, he was born in Reading - Southern Hill at the top of Redlands Road, up by the University - but spent the majority of his life in the family seat at Swallowfield Park, he is buried in All Saints Church nearby to the great house.
Written August 2, 2017
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KentishPilgrim
Reading, UK117 contributions
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Situated opposite Abbey gate outside Forbury Park. Comprises Potts dragging another soldier to safety on a trench spade. A detailed stature celebrating the event for which a VC was awarded All the detail right down to discarded shells and cartridge cases. It took a long time for the burghers of Reading to recognise a hero, but they got there in the end
Written April 25, 2016
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Thank you for your great review Kentish traveller. I am pleased you like the detail on the ground, which were suggested by the sculptor to add interest and access for children. Chairman Trooper Potts VC Memorial Trust
Written April 27, 2016
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D_CandD
Reading, UK12 contributions
Couples
A beautiful statue erected in Reading. It gave me goosebumps the first time I saw it. What a courageous man.
Written April 16, 2016
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Thank you so much for the positive feedback. Good to know that you felt the statue worked so well.
Written April 18, 2016
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notTheStig
Reading, UK230 contributions
Solo
A great memorial to a very courageous man - how he even thought of using his shovel to drag his wounded comrade back to safety under enemy fire (he was wounded himself!) is astonishing!
A very emotional place to visit - not just for the story of Trooper Potts VC, but all of the Berkshire Yoemanry
Written March 27, 2016
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Thank you for this response last year, I did not spot it at the time. Great to receive such positive feedback.
Written August 2, 2017
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Stephen C
London, UK4 contributions
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An amazing memorial to one of Readings First World War heroes, unveiled this centenary year of the Gallipoli campaign. Its well worth the visit!
Written January 3, 2016
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Thank you for taking the time to write the review. I am delighted you were pleased with it. Thank you for recommending it to others. Richard Bennett
Written January 4, 2016
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