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Home for battered memorial sought

Damaged war memorial
The memorial was found in a scrap yard in Manchester

A charity is looking for the original home of a battered war memorial found abandoned in a scrapyard in Greater Manchester.

The World War I memorial carries the names of 60 men from around the Manchester area who were killed.

It has been sitting in a warehouse in Trafford Park for 15 years - but staff do not know where it came from.

The War Memorials Trust hopes to find its original location before deciding whether to restore the tablet.

The memorial measures about 5ft (1.52m) high by 30in (76cm) and appears bronze, but is made of a cast metal.

Trust volunteer Mike Coyle, from Blackpool, Lancashire, said: "It carries 60 names of boys who died but there is no indication as to where it came from.

Nobody knows about them and then we manage to restore them
Mike Coyle

"The only information we have is that it possibly came from Salford and was brought in by some council workers.

"It certainly looks as though it has been involved in a demolition - it's in a very bad way."

Mr Coyle said he had started searching census records to trace the men and look for a common location.

But he told the BBC the trust was dependent on members of the public recognising the memorial.

"If it can be repaired or restored then we will look at relocating it in some appropriate place some time in the future," Mr Coyle added.

"These memorials turn up in all sorts of places. We've found them in car boot sales as well as scrap yards, up in lofts gathering dust and tarnishing and rotting away.

"Nobody knows about them and then we manage to restore them."

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