VIDEO: Poppy fundraiser Ron does the honours at train unveiling

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A railway ticket officer from Sheffield who has raised more than £100,000 for the British Legion did the honours today by unveiling a special tribute to First World War soldiers.

Ron Wiltshire, aged 62, from Wincobank, presented a train nameplate in honour of the Sheffield City Battalion at the city’s railway station on Remembrance Day.

East Midlands Trains Travel Advisor and Poppy fundraiser Ron Wiltshire with the Sheffield City Battalion nameplate

East Midlands Trains Travel Advisor and Poppy fundraiser Ron Wiltshire with the Sheffield City Battalion nameplate

The battalion was formed at the outbreak of World War One and fought at the Battle of the Somme, losing 513 officers and men that had either been killed, wounded or were missing, with a further 75 men slightly wounded.

Ron has been collecting money for the cause for the past eight years after surviving a heart attack and deciding he wanted to give something back to charity.

This year, he has been selling special commemorative 1914-2014 metal poppy badges to mark the centenary of the conflict.

He has raised £43,000 this year, taking his total to around £120,000.

Ron said being given the honour of unveiling the nameplate felt ‘fantastic’.

“I feel very proud to have done it,” he said.

“This year has been the best year ever for fundraising. Everybody has got behind the appeal.”