The young men of Cornwall men who completed National Service between the years of 1945 and 1963 are to be commemorated in a plaque to be placed in Truro’s Victoria Gardens in April.

The brass plaque was delivered in person by Michael Homer, chairman of the National Service Veterans Alliance, who set himself the challenge of raising enough money to fund 60 brass plaques, and delivering them to 50 county towns by train in under 150 hours.

The quest, dubbed “Plaque-A-Thon”, was devised to commemorate the 2.2 million men who did national service, which is currently marked by only seven plaques throughout the UK.

Wheelchair-user Michael, who lost his hearing and balance due to gunfire, arrived in Truro at 11am on Monday morning and was greeted by 11 members of the Royal British Legion. The group adjourned to the Railway Inn for an official presentation and light refreshments.

The plaque will be mounted on granite and placed during a ceremony on April 20, with Mike Homer as guest of honour.