Berkshire

VC hero Fred Potts statue funding bid hits target

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

A fundraising bid for a statue in honour a World War One hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross has reached its £145,000 target.

Trooper Fred Potts, who had been shot in the thigh, used a shovel as a sledge to drag the badly-injured Trooper Arthur Andrews to safety during the Gallipoli campaign in World War One.

A campaign was began in 2009 to honour him in his hometown of Reading.

A charity ball on Saturday saw the final funds pledged.

Sculptor Tom Murphy has been commissioned to start work on a full size maquette before he begins the process of casting the sculpture in bronze, which will be located outside Forbury Gardens opposite the crown court.

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

It is due to be unveiled on 4 October 2015.

A roll of honour on the memorial will also bear the names of more than 400 other members of the Berkshire Yeomanry, including the father of film star David Niven.

Lt William Niven fought with Trooper Potts in Gallipoli and died in the same advance that led to his heroic act.

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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