Trooper Potts VC Memorial Trust

Trooper Potts VC Memorial Trust

Charity information

Trooper Potts VC Memorial Trust

To erect a memorial in a public place in central Reading to the men and women of the Berkshire Yeomanry, past , present and future & Reading's only VC. At June 2014 we have raised £75,800, 49%

Founded 2012

  • Mission statement

    A Roll of Honour will commemorate the 409 men who gave their lives in the wars of the 20th Century. Information boards will explain about The Berkshire Yeomanry, Gallipoli, this VC deed, VCs.

    A sculpture of Trooper Fred Potts and Trooper Arthur Andrews will depict events at Gallipoli (21-23 August 1915) when, after both men were severely injured when advancing on Turkish position at Scimitar Hill, Fred rescued Arthur from certain death from infront of the Turkish trenches, whilst under constant fire, and was awarded the Victoria Cross.

    This was the Yeomanry's first VC and Reading's only VC. Our depiction of this courageous event represents the many events of courage and selflessness that happen in military and civilian life but which are not recognised.

    Education is a key aim. We have delivered classes / workshops about; WW1, Gallipoli and this particular deed to Primary and Secondary schools. We ask students to consider "what would have happened if this event had not taken place? " and "what would they have done? " They are asked to; write poems, diary entries (as Fred or Arthur) from the Field Hospital or after receiving the VC from HM The King, a Press Article or draw the event. This engages us in discussion with the students. Reading College students lead the classes + develop teaching skills. Members of the Andrews and Potts families & the Yeomanry Museum take part

    We make presentations to Rotary and other clubs and are keen to do more.

  • Aims

    Trooper Potts VC Memorial Trust aims to:

    • To unveil, on 4 Oct 15, a memorial outside Forbury Gardens, Reading, to; The Berkshire Yeomanry & explain the events at Gallipoli in 1915 involving Trooper Potts VC and Trooper Andrews.
    • To provide Reading College (our Educational Partner) students with opportunities to; develop challenging fundraising events, teach history in class, explain the project + work on the committees.
    • Deliver educational outreach to local schools + clubs. To provide learning about WW1, Gallipoli and such deeds of bravery. Includes; Yeo Mueum, families of Pott+ Andrews, Reading College students
    • To provide a good piece of public art for an imporant site in the Central Conservation area which will complement the planned renovation works to Reading Abbey and encourage visitors to Reading.
  • Overview

    Established: June 2012

    Registered Charity Number: 1147047

    Board members: 11

    Volunteers: 5

    Phone number: 07802763289

    Address: 69, Baker Street Reading Berkshire RG1 7XY

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