Berkshire

Fred Potts statue to include name of David Niven's father

Photo montage of how Trooper Potts memorial will look Image copyright Trooper Potts VC Memorial Trust
Image caption The memorial will depict Trooper Fred Potts dragging comrade Arthur Andrews to safety on a shovel

The father of Pink Panther actor David Niven will be among those remembered on a memorial to a World War One hero.

Trooper Fred Potts was the only man from Reading to win the Victoria Cross (VC).

Lt William Niven fought with Trooper Potts in Gallipoli and died in the same advance that led to Trooper Potts' VC.

A roll of honour on the memorial will bear the names of Niven and Potts, along with more than 400 other members of the Berkshire Yeomanry.

Fred Potts and another comrade, Arthur Andrews, were injured during the Gallipoli campaign in August 1915, and hid below the Turkish trenches for two days.

Eventually Trooper Potts, who had been shot in the thigh, used a shovel as a sledge to drag badly-injured Trooper Andrews to safety.

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Image caption Fred Potts (second from left) received the Victoria Cross at Buckingham Palace on 9 December 1915

The Trooper Potts VC Trust has so far raised £78,000 towards the £145,000 cost and is holding a charity ball on Saturday.

Trust chairman Richard Bennett said: "At the ball, the sculptor Tom Murphy will be commissioned to start work on the full size maquette. This will take him until February to complete, then he starts the work of casting the sculpture in bronze."

The trust and borough council have agreed on a location for the memorial, outside Forbury Gardens, in Reading, opposite the crown court.

It is due to be unveiled on 4 October 2015.

Lt Niven's grandsons, Jamie and David Niven Jr, are among those sponsoring the roll of honour.

The great-nephews of Arthur Andrews - Philip and Robin Andrews - have also donated £10,000 towards the overall cost.

In April, a road at the northern interchange at Reading Station was named Trooper Fred Potts Way after the wartime hero.

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