A FATHER has paid tribute to those who died during the First World War with a full-length commemorative tattoo.

Elliott Morris spent 46 gruelling hours under the needle to complete his right arm masterpiece in time for the First World War centenary.

Several of the father-of-five's family members, both past and present, have served in the army.

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His grandmother's cousin, Jonathon Floyd, lied about his age and joined the fight during the First World War when he was 14-years-old, and sadly never returned.

The £1,500 piece includes army personnel , poppies, a soldier hugging his son before going off to fight, a map of Europe and tributes to soldiers who fought in later wars, including paratroopers and helicopters.

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The 35-year-old, who runs Pitter Patter dog walking services, said he was not able to get into the army and wanted to pay tribute to his family and others who fought.

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He said: "It hurt, I'm not going to lie it hurt a lot, but it was nothing compared to the pain and suffering soldiers had to go through on the battlefield.

"I came up with the design, I don't know anyone else who has a design like this."

Mr Morris' tattoo was drawn by Paul Leyland at Addictive Ink Tattoo Studio in Padiham, he was incredible and I love it."

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Mr Morris' brother, Bradley Morris, was a chef with the army and his wife's two brothers, Aaron Jeffrey, was a sergeant in the Irish Guards and Ashleigh Jeffrey served as a soldier.

Martin Kilburn, Mr Morris' brother-in-law, also served as a chef in the army.

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Mr Morris said: "I've had lots of great feedback from my friends about this.

"I just wanted to do something different, I will always have this on me and it's a reminder of the sacrifice so many men gave for our freedom.

"I've also donated to the Royal British Legion like I always do.

"I've got lots of family members who have served in the army, my grandmother's dad was killed in the First World War."

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Samantha Morris, Elliott's wife, said: "I love it and I think it looks great.

"The quality of the drawings are really good, each part of the tattoo looks really clear."

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