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WWII veteran given hero's goodbye after appeal

When World War II veteran Albert Vaughan died, his carers feared only a handful of people would attend his funeral.

The 89-year-old former Royal Marine had outlived his family, including his children.

But hundreds of people turned out in Tamworth today to pay their respects at the veteran's funeral following an online appeal.

ITV News Reporter Ben Chapman reports:

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People line the streets of Tamworth for veteran's funeral

Paying their respects Credit: ITV News Central

The streets of Tamworth have been lined with people this lunchtime for the funeral of a Second World War veteran.

Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to 89-year-old Albert Vaughan.

Six people were due to attend Albert's funeral, until an online appeal from his care home manager went global.

Hundreds turn out for veteran they had never met

Albert Vaughan discharged because of a shrapnel injury inflicted while on duty in Malaysia Credit: ITV News/ Ben Chapman

Hundreds of people have turned out in Tamworth to pay their respects at the funeral of a Second World War veteran none of them knew. Just six people were expected to attend Albert Vaughan's funeral, until an online appeal went global.

Albert Vaughan had two grandchildren Credit: ITV News/ Ben Chapman

Hundreds attend WWII veteran's funeral after appeal

Around 300 people have attended the funeral of a Second World War veteran from Tamworth after an online appeal by his nursing home.

Albert Vaughan outlived both his son and daughter. Credit: Ben Chapman

Albert Vaughan, 89, spent the last 20 years of his life in the home and outlived both his son and daughter.

150 were at the memorial service, including many veterans, who formed a guard of honour as his coffin was brought into the church.

The Royal Marine serviced in Malaysia during WWII. Credit: Ben Chapman

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Funeral plea follows 'Facebook funeral' of Royal Marine

In a similar plea earlier this year more than 200 strangers attended the funeral of a former Royal Marine after a vicar put out a plea on Facebook amid fears that he would be buried without mourners.

The Reverend Bob Mason at the funeral of former Royal Marine James McConnell. Credit: Ben Mitchell/PA Wire

Reverend Bob Mason posted a message on Facebook and contacted the Royal Marines Association prompting hundreds of people to brave freezing temperatures to attend the ceremony at Milton Cemetery in Portsmouth.

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A profile of the war veteran whose funeral has received worldwide tributes

  • 24 March 1924: Albert Vaughan was born in Tamworth
  • 1942: Albert Vaughan signed up to the Royal Marines as an 18 year-old man
  • Believed to have been decorated with up to six medals for services during the Second World War
  • Carried out active service in Malaysia
  • Discharged because of a shrapnel injury inflicted while on duty in Malaysia
  • Outlived both his son and daughter
  • Had two grandchildren
  • 25 March 2013: Albert Vaughan died at the Good Hope Hospital from pneumonia
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Nursing home manager received calls from as far as India for veteran's funeral

The nursing home manager of the war veteran whose funeral has sparked a worldwide interest received calls from as far as India about a war veteran's funeral

The manager sent an email to the National Ex-Services Association to encourage veterans to attend.

What was going to be a funeral attended by six members of staff will now be attended by hundreds.

The service will be held at a church in Tamworth before moving onto Sutton Coldfield crematorium.

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