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VC648   Frederick William Owen Potts

BORN   18 December 1892

DIED   3 November 1943   AGE   50

VC Won   21 August 1915   AGE   22

Place VC Won   Hill 70 (Scimitar Hill), Sulva Bay, Gallipoli, Turkey

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   Frederick William Owen Potts   No.   1300   

VC Issue No.   648   Awards   VC   

Regiment   1/1st Berkshire Yeomanry, B Squadron

Later   145th (Berkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment Royal Artillery

Now   94th (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron, Royal Corps of Signals

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Lance-Corporal

Place Of Birth   Reading, Berkshire, England

Place Of Death   Greenlands Nursing Home, Reading, Berkshire, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Reading Crematorium, All Hallows Road, Caversham, Berkshire, England

Cremated   Reading Crematorium, All Hallows Road, Caversham, Berkshire, England

Date Buried/Cremated   5 November 1943

Headstone   Ashes   Plot/Grave no.   Garden of Remembrance (possibly originally close to South Chapel and now moved alongside path 4)

Gazetted   1 October 1915

VC Presented   8 December 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Plaque within chapel porch at South Chapel, Reading Crematorium, All Hallows Road, Caversham, Berkshire

Memorial on wall at entrance of the old Brock Barracks, Reading, Berkshire

P  Trooper Potts Way, Reading, Berkshire

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Forbury Memorial Garden, Reading, Berkshire

By The Way…

Nicknamed by the press as, “the shovel VC”

VC Held By

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, Kennington, London, England



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Thank you to Laura Hill for the photos of Trooper Potts Way sign

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