John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow.

Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

John Campbell fought in Burma 70 years ago. When he died, no-one could find his family. The British Legion is giving him a proper send off.

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Funeral of war veteran will be held today

John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow.
John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow. Credit: .

The funeral of a World War II veteran takes place later, and is expected to be attended by fellow veterans and members of the public.

John Campbell died aged 92, but his carers couldn't trace any family.

After an online campaign, it's hoped that many Tynesiders will attend his cremation to pay tribute to his war record.


The service will be held at 2.15pm at Whitley Bay Crematorium.


Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

People in Tyneside are preparing to give a local war hero a well-attended funeral.

John Campbell was an acting Major in Burma in World War II. He won several medals for his bravery. He was living at Fontburn Court sheltered housing in North Shields when he died.

With no known surviving relatives, it was feared that his funeral would be poorly-attended. Since then, the local community have rallied round to ensure that he gets a fitting send-off. Staff at Fontburn Court want people in the area to attend his funeral and pay their respects.

They are being helped by the Royal British Legion. Members of the public are also pledging support on social media. It is now thought that hundreds of people could attend the service.

John Campbell's funeral will take place at 2.15pm on at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Blyth Road on Thursday 3rd April.

Growing number of homeless ex-soldiers

by Julie Harrison

The number of ex-servicemen and women who are finding themselves homeless in the North East is growing.

A charity, Norcare, says for every veteran who is given a bed at its centres, six more are waiting.

A fundraising event in Whitley Bay for the charity will help to build two new centres to help homeless heroes.

Catterick soldier "humbled" by bravery award

A British Army who has been Mentioned in Dispatches for his bravery in Afghanistan said he was "humbled" more than anything to be among 117 servicemen and women honoured.

Lt Ali Floyd is based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

He said: "I hope to some degree that this award is a recognition of the soldiers I was lucky enough to work with, who all did a fantastic job and it is really due to them that we managed to bring everyone home."

Catterick Garrison officer Mentioned in Dispatches for bravery in Afghanistan

A British Army officer based at Catterick Garrison has been awarded a Mention in Dispatches for bravery during a tour of Afghanistan in 2013.

Lieutenant Ali Floyd defended a bridge for 24 hours under enemy fire, to allow engineers to remove homemade bombs. He then led his men to safety at night past enemy firing points.

Lt Ali Floyd (right) is honoured for his bravery

Lt Floyd was one of 117 military personnel to be honoured.


Army recruitment drive in the North East

Army reservists training
Reservists training in Germany Credit: PA

The British Army is recruiting in the North East. Numerous jobs in the Regular Army and the Reserves ranging from bricklayers to IT specialist are available.

Army research shows many people don't consider a role in the army because they don't know what it involves. As a result, its holding careers evenings in Newcastle next week.

Trooper Marcus Cribb, 23, says:

"Being in the Army has opened up so many opportunities that I wouldn't have achieved elsewhere. I've gained new skills and had the opportunity to travel to Switzerland, all of which has been done in my spare-time."

Careers evenings are being held Tuesday 14th and 21st January from 7.30pm at the Army Reserve Centre, NE3 2EF.

There are also other regional events in Sunderland, Morpeth, Hexham, Blyth and Peterlee

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