Plaque Unveiling to Remember Liverpool Pals at Prescot Station

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

liverpool_pals_prescot_stationA plaque at Prescot Railway Station will honour the memory of the Liverpool Pals battalion stationed in Prescot during World War One.

Six thousand men left from Prescot Station on 30 April 1915, going first to Grantham, then to Salisbury Plain in September, and finally sailing from Folkestone to fight in Europe on 7 November.

About 1,500 soldiers had been housed at barracks in the former Prescot Watch Factory, with the rest in specially built huts in the grounds of Knowsley Hall.

The battalions, consisting of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th regiments, had been brought together as a result of Lord Derby’s recruitment campaign. They were named Pals because, being local, many of the men already knew one another and served alongside friends.

The soldiers departed Prescot on 12 specially commissioned trains, each with 12 carriages. The first group left their barracks at 5am on Friday 30 April 1915, the last at 1pm. Many would never return.

Video of the Pals Leaving Prescot

Pals Memorial Plaque

Following a similar project at Lime Street Station last year, the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund have provided a plaque to commemorate the battalion’s departure.

The current Earl of Derby will unveil it at Prescot Station at 11am on Saturday 25 April, in a ceremony expected to last 45 minutes. All are welcome to attend.

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