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Hundreds honour war hero

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a war veteran they never knew today after an online appeal for Harold Jellicoe Percival, who died aged 99 with no close friends or relatives.

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Matron 'overwhelmed' by turnout for war hero's funeral

A nursing home matron who cared for war veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival said she was "overwhelmed" by the amount of well-wishers that turned up to his funeral.

Harold Jellicoe Percival's coffin is carried into Lytham crematorium. Credit: ITV News

Lorraine Holt told mourners at Lytham crematorium: "We believe that every serviceman and woman should be recognised, but we certainly didn't expect a turnout like this."

Percival died aged 99 on 25 October without close friends or relatives, but hundreds attended his send-off following an online appeal.

Lorraine Holt said she had been "proud" to look after Percival. Credit: ITV News

"We've never had this before. It's amazing and quite overwhelming," Holt said.

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