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Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a WW2 veteran, after a local council issued a plea to trace his family.
Frederick Leach, 94, died in a care home two weeks ago.
His relatives were eventually located.
But there was also a huge response from the armed forces community, who were determined to give the war hero the send-off he deserved.
Jonny Blair reports.
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of World War Two hero Frederick Leach in Middlesbrough.
The 94-year-old was given a medal for his part in helping to liberate Norway.
Mr Leach died at a care home two weeks ago and a public appeal was made to try to trace his family before the funeral.
His relatives were located, but word spread among the armed forces community, who also pledged to pay their respects.
The service was attended by staff at his care home and the local branch of Mr Leach's former regiment, the Green Howards.
But many more mourners attended because the public appeal. It was in the words of one friend, 'a fitting tribute' to him
The funeral of a Second World War veteran is expected to be attended by a large amount of mourners today, November 26, after an appeal was made for people to come and pay their respects.
Frederick Leach, who was 94, died in a care home two weeks ago.
The service will take place at St Bede's Chapel in Middlesbrough this afternoon.
The search is on to find relatives of Frederick Leach, a Second World War veteran who died at a care home in Middlesbrough.
If you know any of Mr Leach's family members then please call Redcar and Cleveland Council on 01642 771 652.
Details of the funeral have not yet been confirmed but it is expected to be held next week.
A plea has been issued to the armed forces community to ensure the funeral of a Second World War veteran doesn't go unattended.
Frederick Leach was a decorated soldier, who died at the age of 94, in a care home in Middlesbrough. More to follow.