A statue to commemorate a VC winning British cavalryman is to be erected in the centre of Reading, Berkshire.
Informative memorial to VC winner
Richard Bennett, chairman of the Trooper Potts VC Trust, said: ‘We will be able to create a memorial, and a significant piece of public art, that is informative, will be seen clearly, provide space for reflection and draw people to this area.
‘The centrepiece will be the sculpture, by Tom Murphy, of Trooper Potts VC and Trooper Andrews. The design of the Roll of Honour is inspired by the simplicity and accessibility of the 2012 Titanic Memorial in Belfast.
‘We now project the cost at £150,000, the £74,000 already raised represents just under 50 per cent of the required funds.’
The memorial is to be completed in phases with information boards and the Roll of Honour recording the names of around 400 local men who lost their lives in the First World War scheduled to be in place by March 2015, the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign. The sculpture itself is due to be in place by September 2015, prior to the centenary of the rescue on Sunday 4 October 4 2015.
To read more about the Trooper Potts VC Trust, click here.