Reading street named after WW1 hero Trooper Potts
- 5 April 2014
- From the section Berkshire
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.