Hundreds likely to attend war veteran's funeral

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral of a war veteran they never knew on Armistice Day, after it emerged he died with no close friends or relatives. Harold Jellicoe Percival, died last month aged 99 in a nursing home.

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Hundreds attend war veteran's funeral

The funeral of a Second World War veteran has been attended by hundreds of people - most of whom never even knew him.

Funeral directors in St Annes in Lancashire posted a message in their local newspaper when they were informed of the death of Harold Jellicoe Percival.

Harold had died in a nursing home. His only family lived many miles away.

But when news of his death spread to the internet, something remarkable happened.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue reports.

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Crowds stand in silence for the arrival of Mr Percival's funeral cortege at the crematorium in Lytham

Harold Jellicoe Percival died aged 99 without close friends or relatives at hand at a nursing home, where staff worried no one would be at his funeral to mark his passing.

t's just staggering," his nephew, Andre Collyer-Worsell, said after attending the service.

"It just shows how great the British public are.

"He was not a hero, he was just someone who did his duty in World War Two, just as his brother and sister did and his father before him in World War One.

"We were expecting a few people, a few local veterans but suddenly it snowballed.

"It's the sort of send-off you would want to give any loved one. It's very emotional."

– Andrew Collver-Worsell, Nephew

Huge public support for Lancashire veteran

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A campaign on social media for the former bomber command ground crewman means hundreds have turned out. http://t.co/NsjF9kJ5Mo

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Harold Percival is carried into Lytham Crematorium to the strains of The Dambusters. http://t.co/cxwqeoyi2Z

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Hundreds stand in the rain as the strains of Jerusalem drift from Lytham Crem at Harry Percival's funeral. http://t.co/rSHV93Jfz0

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