WORLD-renowned Accrington Pals expert Bill Turner has died aged 76 after a long illness.
Mr Turner, of Bamford Crescent, Accrington, is credited with bringing the story of the Pals' heroism and sacrifice into the public consciousness.
He undertook years of painstaking research and wrote three acclaimed books on the subject.
He also compiled rolls of honour listing every member of the battalion who lost his life at the Battle of the Somme in World War One and was instrumental in setting up the memorial garden in Church Street, Accrington.
Mr Turner was made a Freeman of the Borough in 2005.
He leaves Ruth, his wife of 55 years, and a daughter Lois. His funeral will be held today (Friday).