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Reading street to be named after WW1 hero

A street in Reading is to be named after Trooper Fred Potts Credit: ITV Meridian

A street in Berkshire will be named after a World War One hero. Trooper - Fred Potts is the only person from Reading to be awarded the Victoria Cross. Known as the hero with the shovel, he won the medal in 1915 for rescuing a comrade in Turkey.

Trooper Potts Way - will be unveiled opposite Reading Railway Station, next month.

Remains of WW1 battlefield discovered in Gosport

The remains of an entire practice battlefield, the size of nearly seventeen football pitches has been found on heathland in Gosport. It was used for training troops before they were sent to the frontline in the First World War.

Remains of the battlefield are recorded Credit: MOD

The discovery marks the start of Home Front Legacy 1914-18, a project on which English Heritage and the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) are working together to record the physical remains of the war on home territory.

Remains of the battlefield are recorded Credit: MOD

Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology, is calling for volunteers to help find and record vulnerable sites,– camps, drill halls, factories and observation posts for example, before they and the stories they bear witness to are lost forever.

Remains of the battlefield are recorded Credit: MOD

MP for Gosport Caroline Dinenage said, “If confirmed through research, this remarkable discovery will further entrench the hugely important role that Gosport played in supporting Britain’s Armed Forces throughout World War One.

I have always been proud of Gosport’s historic ties to the military and it is hugely exciting to hear that our area has inspired the launch of a nationwide hunt for First World War sites.”



Diaries 'allow us to hear voices of WW1 soldiers'

The publication of thousands of diaries from servicemen who fought in the First World War will enable their voices to heard, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said.

Read: First World War diaries digitised for 'citizen historians'

Speaking ahead of the publication of the extracts today, she said:

The National Archives' digitised First World War unit diaries will allow us to hear the voices of those that sacrificed their lives and is even more poignant now there are no living veterans who can speak directly about the events of the war.

This new online vehicle gives a very public voice to some of these soldiers, through which we will be able to hear their thoughts and feelings.

Read the diaries on the National Archive site here


First World War diaries 'to humanise' historical battle

The online publication of thousands of pages of diary entries from the First World War will allow "allows people across the world to discover daily activities, stories and battles of each unit for themselves", author and military records specialist William Spencer said.

Read: First World War diaries digitised for 'citizen historians'

The dairies are the most popular records held from the National Archives First World War collection. Credit: Press Association

The diaries are the most popular records from The National Archives' First World War collection and are being digitised as part of the organisation's centenary programme.

Mr Spencer said he hopes the publication of the diaries will enable people to learn more about the First World War, and shed some light on the thoughts and feelings of the men who fought it. He said:

"It's interesting because it's humanising it. War is a de-humanising thing."

Read the diaries on the National Archive website here


First World War diaries digitised for 'citizen historians'

Hundreds of thousands of pages of diaries from units from the First World War have been digitised and will be available to read online today.

The National Archives is publishing the first batch of unit diaries from France and Flanders as part of the organisations centenary programme.

Around 300,000 pages of First World War unit Credit: Press Association

The organisation is hoping that "citizen historians" will read the diaries to unearth new discoveries about life at war.


War Graves museum opened by Duke of Kent

The Duke of Kent today officially opened a new museum in memory of the servicemen and women who died in the two world wars.

The museum is based at the headquarters of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Berkshire and houses a collection of war memorabilia.

Our reporter Mel Bloor spoke to CWGC Director General Alan Pateman-Jones and the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Andrew Jenner.

Duke of Kent officially unveils new war graves museum

The Duke of Kent has officially opened the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's museum.

HRH unveiled a plaque, inaugurating a new museum area that details the origins and work of the Commission.

The Duke of Kent opening the new museum Credit: ITV Meridian

The museum is to encourage the public to visit the Commission's headquarters and learn more about the work of the organisation.

Great War poppy sells for £6,300

The poppy fetched £6,300 Credit: Duke's

The oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War has sold at a Dorset auction for £6,300. The poppy went under the hammer at Duke’s auction house in Dorchester, 97 years after it was picked from front line trenches by 17-year-old Private Cecil Roughton.

Cecil was serving in the trenches of Arras in northern France in 1916. Private Roughton pressed the bloom in the pages of his notebook. The poppy was sold for more than six times its estimate.

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