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New memorial remembers the Pompey Pals

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FANS, dignitaries and veterans gathered to see the unveiling of a memorial at Fratton Park.

Remembering the Pompey Pals, the plaque commemorates the men of the 14th and 15th battalion of the Hampshire Regiment who gave their lives in the First World War. The Pals were one of the battalions set up across the country which encouraged men to join up with their friends.

The idea of the plaque, which has a timeline of the war as well as pictures and stories, came from Bob Beech, chairman of the Pompey Pals group.

He said: ‘The idea for the plaque came about a few years ago. It means everything to see it up at Fratton Park.

‘It is about time these men were remembered in the city. We should have done this many years ago but better late than never.’

He added: ‘I hope this plaque will get people to remember and that it inspires people to look into their own family histories.’

The memorial was unveiled by Dame Mary Fagan, the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire.

During the small service, poppy wreaths were laid at the memorial and a minute’s silence was held by everyone gathered.

Iain McInnes, chairman of Pompey, said: ‘At the club we have enormous pride.

‘We are a club with a great history and hopefully a great future.

‘This year, there have been lots of moments that it has been a privilege to be chairman of the football club and yesterday was up there with any of the others.

‘It is probably number one because it is such an historic occasion.’

Earlier in the day, the new Pompey home shirt was unveiled. It contains the names of 1,400 members of the Pompey Pals who died during the war.

 

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