A bronze statue commemorating the bravery of Reading’s only Victoria Cross holder, ‘Trooper’ Fred Potts will be unveiled near the Forbury Gardens on October 4 2015.
Frederick Potts was born in 1892 in Edgehill Street, Katesgrove and attended Katesgrove School. He was awarded his VC for his actions during the Gallipoli campaign of 1915 when he dragged a wounded comrade to safety on an entrenching shovel whilst under gunfire. He died in 1943.
A memorial stone to Fred Potts was unveiled beneath the war memorial at the entrance to the Forbury Gardens on August 21 2015 as part of a nationwide campaign to commemorate every WWI soldier awarded the VC.