Sunday, November 10, 2013

War Veteran's Funeral Appeal Goes Viral

Harold Percival, a 99 year old veteran from Bomber Command, who was part of the team that supported the Damnbusters raid in WW11, passed away a single man with no close family or friends and was set to be laid to rest on Monday, the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month. 

The funeral directors were fearful that no one would be there at Harold's final laying to rest and so contacted the local paper. A last minute appeal, was put out which has touched the hearts of hundreds of people.  

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We have now been informed that hundreds of people have arranged to attend Harold's service. 

Janet Wareing, a matron at the care home in Lytham, paid tribute to the veteran:"Harold was a lovely character, very strong-willed and independent.

"He was quite a private man, and he loved reading his Daily Telegraph every morning.

"We have already been contacted by military veterans who are intending to come, even though they have never met him. We've been told one group is looking to bring around 200 people to the service, which would be fantastic."

From the ITV news Website

Appeal for guests at war veteran's funeral goes viral

The funeral of a war veteran who died with no close friends or relatives is expected to be attended by service personnel and military supporters after an appeal went viral online.

Harold Jellicoe Percival, 99, who helped with the Dambusters raids during WWII, died last month in a nursing home.

After the appeal by funeral directors for people to "show support for a war hero" many people took to Twitter and Facebook to share Mr Percival's story.

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