WARTIME heroes who risked their own lives to fight a fire on a train will be honoured later this month.
A plaque recognising the brave act by four Merseyside railway workers in Birkenhead in December 1940 is to be unveiled at Hamilton Square station on March 26.
The men – Alfred Philpott, Eric Calverley, Charles Pote and Ernie Irwin – were working at Morpeth Dock when a train carrying ammunition caught fire during a air raid.
Despite bombs raining down on the dock they immediately ran to put out the fire.
The plaque will be erected at Hamilton Square because it is the closest Merseyrail station to where the men worked.
Eric Fenna, 66, from Wallasey, is the grandson of Alfred Philpott and led calls for the men to be honoured.
He said: “It’s an important piece of local history and I felt it should be recognised in some way.
“They were on a night shift and incendiary bombs were dropping but they managed to get the train under a water crane.
“It wasn’t far from a built-up area so if the train had exploded it could have done huge damage to Birkenhead.”
The men all received a commendation from their employer, the Great Western Railway.
Maarten Spaargaren, managing director of Merseyrail, said: “We feel humbled to commemorate these individuals in this way.”