A memorial to fallen friends of the First World War is due to be unveiled.
When 250 Army recruits from Preston formed a battalion and boarded a train for Northern France at the beginning of the First World War, they thought it would be a quick trip abroad.
But 200 members of the D Company 7th Battalion the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, known as the Preston Pals, lost their lives in the deadly trenches.
Their fate was largely unrecorded in Preston until a group of volunteers led by businessman Andrew Mather, 74, set about creating a memorial at Preston Railway Station.
Now the Cumbrian slate memorial, which measures seven feet by two feet six inches, has been delivered to conservation firm Lambert Walker in Bamber Bridge and will shortly be installed.
Mr Mather said: “It is 98 years since the lads left Preston Station and four years since the Evening Post printed a letter by Rita Finley about their fate.
“Since then, we have been raising sponsorship money, creating the trust and getting people involved.
“I think the last donations are to come in but we will come in close to £18,000 so we will have money for maintenance, insurance and we are having a book published later in the year.”
The unveiling will take place at 11am on Sunday, July 22 led by Lord Shuttleworth and a dedication from Father Timothy Lipscomb, the Vicar of Preston.
Among the guests will be 90-year-old Harry Cartmell, the son of Cyril Cartmel, who was behind the creation of the Preston Pals.
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