Liverpool Pals memorial unveiled by Prince Edward

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex inspects volunteer soldiers and nurses The Earl of Wessex, inspects "soldiers and nurses" at the unveiling service

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A memorial to the Liverpool Pals who served during World War One has been unveiled by Prince Edward.

The £85,000 frieze at Liverpool's Lime Street station was where men and boys queued up to volunteer to fight for their country a 100 years ago.

The frieze was designed by sculptor Tom Murphy and shows the Pals' journey through World War One.

It follows a three-year campaign by the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund to create a permanent tribute to volunteers.

Liverpool Pals fighting in World War One The frieze was designed by sculptor Tom Murphy
'Master of his craft'

Lt Col Tony Hollingsworth MBE, from the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund, said the sculptor had done a "fantastic job" of capturing their journey.

He said Mr Murphy, whose other works include a statue to former Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly, was a "master of his craft".

"It shows the actual jolly time of them all forming up and little did they know of what they were going to get into and of course the devastation at the end of it," he said.

As part of the unveiling ceremony, there is also a re-enactment of the Liverpool Pals signing up to answer Lord Derby's call for recruits.

Every man taking part will be given an envelope representing one of the Liverpool Pals and inside it will detail what happened to them in the war.

Re-enactment of Liverpool Pals signing up There was also a re-enactment of the Liverpool Pals signing up to war

In 1914 Lord Kitchener issued his first call to arms for 100,000 volunteers, aged between 19 and 30, to enlist in the army.

General Henry Rawlinson initially suggested that men would be more willing to join up if they could serve with people they already knew.

Lord Derby was the first to test the idea in Liverpool.

Five thousand men joined the Liverpool Pals. By the end of the war almost three thousand of them had been killed.

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