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The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial

| Opposite The Crown Court and The Forbury Hotel, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EJ, England
+44 118 959 8350
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Great statue .. every one that walks past stops to have a look. It’s a great location visit on a... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Kevin S
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Striking Statue

I was surprised at how strongly I felt when I saw this. It really is a lovely piece of artwork and... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2018
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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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| Opposite The Crown Court and The Forbury Hotel, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EJ, England
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Great statue .. every one that walks past stops to have a look. It’s a great location visit on a sunny day

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for that feedback. It is a quiet area at the moment. Once the Abbey is re-opened there will undoubtedly be more passers by. Thank you again for commenting so positively. Our Sculptor - Tom Murphy will be very pleased you liked it.

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

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

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you so much or that positive feedback. Our sculptor, Tom Murphy, will be delighted.

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

This is a lovely, detailed and impressive statue that manages to capture the movement in the interesting story of how Potts won his VC. There are a couple of information boards that not only tell the amazing story but also much more about the Victoria...More

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

Thank you for such a nice review. We are very pleased to hear your feedback. We felt the information boards were very important to assist visitor of all ages to understand the various aspects of the story.

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

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.

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Richard B, Manager at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Thank you for the feedback. We continue to be delighted that people respond so well to the memorial and its location.

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Reviewed 28 August 2016

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...More

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2016

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.More

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2016

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...More

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2016

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

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Reviewed 16 April 2016

A beautiful statue erected in Reading. It gave me goosebumps the first time I saw it. What a courageous man.

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2016

Thank you so much for the positive feedback. Good to know that you felt the statue worked so well.

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Reviewed 27 March 2016

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...More

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

Thank you for this response last year, I did not spot it at the time. Great to receive such positive feedback.

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Reviewed 18 March 2016

I went with my son to show him that if it wasn't for brave and courageous people like them I would not be here today. I told him how proud I was to be British.

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Richard B, Owner at The Berkshire Yeomanry and Trooper Potts Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2016

I am pleased you felt it was a useful visit to the memorials. Fred Potts granddaughter and Arthur Andrews grandson will be very pleased. They are both very proud of their grandparents. Best wishes Richard Bennett

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