Railway station war memorial spruced up ready for poignant 2017 Armistice Day service

The war memorial at Whitwell station. Picture: NANETTE PARFITT

The war memorial at Whitwell station. Picture: NANETTE PARFITT - Credit: Archant

A memorial at a railway station to men who left home by train to bravely go to war will be the scene of a poignant service to mark this year's Armistice Day.

The memorial at Whitwell station contains the names of the battles men from the area went to fight in more than 100 years ago.

Newspaper cuttings from the time, obtained by local volunteers, show photographs of people at the station leaving to travel to the First World War battlefields.

'A lot of young men went to war from this station, so we had the idea that it would be rather nice to commemorate it,' Whitwell station membership secretary Nanette Parfitt said.

As a result overgrowth has been cut back and the memorial tidied to, in Ms Parfitt's words, ensure it is looking 'clean and shining again'.

A short service will be held at the site on Saturday, November 11, where poppy wreaths will also be laid.

Ian Taylor, from the Royal British Legion, who will be attending the event, said: 'We've got to remember the grief that went before, because we've got to stop it happening again if we can.'

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