Hundreds invited to turn out for funeral of war hero

A plea has gone out for well-wishers to turn out to honour war hero Sidney Marshall, who fought for the safety of thousands but died alone.

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Mourners gather for funeral of war hero Sidney in Lytham

Ware hero - Sidney Marshall Credit: Marshall family

Hundreds of mourners have turned out in Lytham for the funeral of RAF D-Day veteran Sidney Marshall.

The 90 year old RAF Lancaster Bomber gunner passed away last month at his home in St Annes. He had no children and his wife, Elizabeth, died 18 months ago.

Sidney's funeral cortege passes mourners Credit: ITV Granada

An appeal was made by the funeral undertaker and the local RAF Association for more mourners to attend to give Sidney the send-off a war hero deserved.

Members of RAF 9 Squadron Credit: ITV Granada

Appeal for mourners at funeral of war hero

Sidney Marshall

People across the Fylde are being urged to turn out for the funeral of local D-Day veteran Sidney Marshall. The 90 year old RAF gunner War passed away last month at his home in St Annes. He had no children and his wife, Elizabeth, died 18 months ago.

Darrell Slater-Smith, Northern Area Director for the RAF Association, said: “We are trying to encourage as many people as possible to attend Sidney’s funeral. I’m always saddened to hear of someone who gave so much for his country dying with no one to pay the proper respects."

Sidney served in 9 Squadron as a mid-upper gunner, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for helping to guide his Lancaster to safety following a raid on Bergen, when the plane was attacked by Focke-Wulf fighters.

The bomber's guns were paralysed, but Sidney managed to communicate with the pilot via radio, helping him dodge further fire. Sidney completed a total of 28 sorties into Germany under heavy fire.

He was also instrumental in the attack which sank The Tirpitz, a 42,900 ton Bismarck-class battleship built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, on 12 November 1944.

The service will be held at Lytham Park Crematorium at 1:30pm on Friday 4 July.

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RAF veterans to give war hero Sidney the send off he deserves

Sidney Marshall

RAF veterans will pay special tribute at the funeral of Sidney Marshall, the Lytham war hero who died alone.

Members of the RAF Association’s South Fylde, Preston and Leyland branches and Association standard bearers will be attending Sidney's funeral on Friday.

Sidney died at his home in Lytham St Annes several weeks ago.

The 90-year-old had no children and his wife, Elizabeth, died 18 months ago.

Darrell Slater-Smith, Northern Area Director for the RAF Association, said: “We are trying to encourage as many people as possible to attend Sidney’s funeral this Friday.

"I’m always saddened to hear of someone who gave so much for his country dying with no one to pay the proper respects.

"Members of the RAF Association will join other mourners to make sure Sidney is honoured properly.”

Sidney Marshall

Sidney served in 9 Squadron as a mid-upper gunner, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for helping to guide his Lancaster to safety following a raid on Bergen, when the plane was attacked by Focke-Wulf fighters.

The bomber's guns were paralysed, but Sidney managed to communicate with the pilot via radio, helping him dodge further fire.

Sidney completed a total of 28 sorties into Germany under heavy fire.

He was also instrumental in the attack which sank The Tirpitz, a 42,900 ton Bismarck-class battleship built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, on 12 November 1944.

The service will be held at Lytham Park Crematorium at 1:30pm on Friday 4 July.

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