The Trooper Potts VC Trust was set up in 2010 to create an appropriate memorial to the only man from Reading to be awarded the Victoria Cross. This was for his deeds in Gallipoli 21-23 August 1915 when he rescued his comrade, Trooper Arthur Andrews from certain death over a period of 48 hours. Details can be found on our website pottsvctrust.org and Facebook; facebook.com/#!/TrooperPottsMemorialTrust.
The trust decided to commission a sculpture depicting the rescue. Liverpool sculptor, Tom Murphy, was selected to design the sculpture.
This film (a 2 minute version of the longer film) shows Tom in his studio explaining about the story that has shaped his approach to this commission. You can also see him working on the sculpture, just over life size and in clay. We plan to use this film to support our educational work about the art of sculpture.
The sculpture will be cast in bronze by the Morris Singer Foundry, from Lasham, in the past the company has cast the Lions in Trafalgar Square and Eros in London.
The memorial will be in place in central Reading by 4th October 2015.
Our thanks to Third Lens Films for doing such a great job on the film for us.