Prisoners’ memorial honours war dead

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Published: Monday 10th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The memory of thousands of young men who set off from Hull to serve king and country in World War One but never returned is being honoured with a new memorial.

The memorial, designed by inmates from Hull prison, has been unveiled at the city’s Paragon Street station, where the men began their journeys off to war.

The new tribute came as people took part in Remembrance Day events across Hull and East Yorkshire, including thousands who gathered for a minute’s silence in Paragon Square.

The names of more than 2,000 fallen servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country are etched on to a series of wooden plaques at the train station.

David Hatfield, manager of the station, says the project began with just one wooden plaque being created.

But as the staff and prisoners involved in the scheme got more and more names from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission the tribute mushroomed to eventually include a total of 20 plaques.

Mr Hatfield says he hopes memorial will be well received by members of the public passing through the city centre station.

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Published: Monday 10th November 2014 by The News Editor

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