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For the fallen - a new war memorial at Manchester train station

Replacement memorial being unveiled in Manchester Photo:

A 'lost' memorial to 87 men who died in the First World War is being replaced at Piccadilly Station.

A special service takes place today which will include a reading by the great grand daughter of one of those who died.

Those who died were all railwaymen who worked at the London Road Goods Depot. They fell when they were serving in the Great War (1914-1918).

The memorial to them was lost during the redevelopment of the Piccadilly station in the 1960s.

Old memorial was lost during renovation work

Two train managers for Virgin Wayne McDonald and Andy Partington, both keen war historians, took it upon themselves to right this wrong. They painstakingly researched the original memorial and the names featured.

With the support of Virgin Trains and the Railway Heritage Trust a new memorial was created and is due to take centre stage on platform 10/11 at Piccadilly station, becoming a focal point for future remembrance events at the station.

They also tracked down living family members of the men who are featured on the memorial.

The unveiling, prayers and memorial dedication will led by the Rev Dr Richard Cook who is the Railway Chaplain for the North West.

Gone but not forgotten: Sgt Joseph Daly

That will be followed by reading from Joanne Whinder who is the great-grandaughter of Sgt Joseph Daly, 9th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. She will read from ‘For The Fallen’ by Robert Laurence Binyon

Finally a bugler from the Lancashire Fusiliers Association will play The Last Post