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Reading street named after WW1 hero Trooper Potts

Unveiling of Trooper Potts Way sign
Image caption The unveiling was attended by dignitaries and descendants of Trooper Potts

A street has been named after Reading's best known World War One hero.

Trooper Fred Potts won the Victoria Cross in 1915 and is Reading's only holder of the medal.

The sign for Trooper Fred Potts Way, at the northern interchange at Reading Station, was unveiled at a ceremony involving his descendants.

The unveiling took place the same day as the opening of Reading Museum's Reading at War exhibition, which includes Trooper Potts' Victoria Cross.

His granddaughter, Sarah Jeffery, said: "The Potts family are delighted that Fred is to be remembered by his home town in a way that is visible to all."

Trooper Potts won the medal for rescuing his comrade, Arthur Andrews, during the Gallipoli campaign.

He and Andrews were injured while advancing on the Turkish line in August 1915 and hid near the Turkish trenches for two days.

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

Image caption Fred Potts was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in 1915

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