Dec­o­rated GWR train hon­ours sac­ri­fice of its work­ers

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The name of a Great Western Rail­way worker from Ply­mouth who died in World War One will be one of thou­sands to fea­ture on a spe­cial re­mem­brance train to­day.

Wil­liam Han­naford is among the names of 2,545 men in­scribed on an in­ter-city ex­press train dec­o­rated to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War.

The Roll of Hon­our fea­tures de­tails of where each man worked for the com­pany, their rank, reg­i­ment, where they were killed and where they are ei­ther re­mem­bered or buried.

From the 2,545 names, 100 fea­ture in more de­tail on the train, in­clud­ing pic­tures and back­ground sto­ries.

Wil­liam Han­naford worked in Ply­mouth as a rail mo­tor con­duc­tor and was a sergeant in the 5th Devon­shire Reg­i­ment. He was killed in 1917 – the day be­fore his brother Al­bert was also killed.

He has no known grave and is com­mem­o­rated at the Tyne Cot Me­mo­rial.

Also among the names is Harry Western, who worked at Ex­eter and was killed at the Bat­tle of Ar­ras.

Both of the men’s great­nieces wel­comed the train to Padding­ton and then at­tended a re­mem­brance ser­vice.

GWR deputy MD Matthew Golton said: “The role of the rail­way in help­ing mo­bilise the coun­try and sus­tain the war ef­fort was im­mense. Over 25,000 em­ploy­ees of GWR vol­un­teered. It is there­fore fit­ting that as we re­mem­ber all who took part in this ter­ri­ble con­flict, we hon­our those of the GWR who fell.”

Among many other men named on the train are Flight Sub Lieu­tenant Harold Day, DSC, the only rail­way man to be­come a fly­ing ace, and Lance Cor­po­ral Al­lan Leonard Lewis, VC, whose name has his­tor­i­cally been omit­ted from the GWR Roll of Hon­our.

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