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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.