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12/12/2017 9:52:51 PM

A Veteran Died With Nobody To Attend His Funeral — What Happened Next Was Incredibly Moving

RIP, Harold Jellicoe Percival.

Harold Jellicoe Percival, a veteran of Bomber Command in WWII, died last month aged 99. The death notice in his local paper said that there was nobody to attend his funeral.

living-the-dream @middleaged_mom

So sad .... I do hope someone can attend

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving


Twitter picked up the story, in the hope that somebody might be able to attend.


SimonNRicketts @SimonNRicketts

I hope this newspaper listing means some service personnel attend this guy`s funeral. (via @middleaged_mom)

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving

His local paper, the Blackpool Gazette, also covered the story.


SimonNRicketts @SimonNRicketts

His local paper are on the case with that funeral. Good work. Send that man off well. (via @GazetteRhodes)

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving


And as a result today, at 11 a.m. on Armistice Day, hundreds of people — service personnel and civilians — gathered in the rain at Lytham Park Crematorium to pay their last respects to Harold.


Steve Becker @SteveBeckerHack

Crowds gather for the funeral in Lytham of Harold Percival #lytham

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving


Mike McCarthy @skynewsnorth

Hundreds turn up for funeral of war veteran Harold Percival who died without close friends and family.

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving


Nick Garnett @nicholasgarnett

Harold Percival`s funeral in Lytham. Mourners young and old.

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving


Nick Garnett @nicholasgarnett

More service personnel arriving at Harold Percival`s funeral in Lytham.

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving


Danny Savage @dannysavage

Harold Percival is set to get a huge send off. People here tell me they`re honoured.

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving


Steve Becker @SteveBeckerHack

RAF standard bearers prepare for the arrival of Harold Percival`s coffin at Lytham Crematorium #lytham

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving
Harold Percival’s coffin, draped in a union flag before the funeral.


Danny Savage @dannysavage

At the 11th hour the Last Post will be played before Harold Percival is taken into the chapel service.

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving


Helen Pidd @helenpidd

The Dambusters theme plays as Harold Jellicoe Percival`s coffin is carried into the chapel. Crowd of 300+.

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving
An army cadet wears a poppy during the funeral in Lytham St Annes.

a veteran died with nobody to attend his funeral what happened next was incredibly moving

Farewell, Harold.

Farewell, Harold.


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