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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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Nephew hails 'staggering' funeral for war veteran

The nephew of an old soldier whose funeral was attended by hundreds in response to an online appeal said the occasion was "staggering".

Andrew Colyer-Worsell, one of Harold Jellicoe Percival's few living relatives, said after attending the service: "It's just staggering. It just shows how great the British public are."

Andrew Colyer-Worsell, nephew of Harold Percival, spoke after the funeral service. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Percival died aged 99 at a nursing home, where staff worried no one would be at his funeral to mark his passing.

"We were expecting a few people, a few local veterans but suddenly it snowballed. It's the sort of send-off you would want to give any loved one. It's very emotional," said Colyer-Worsell.

"He was not a hero, he was just someone who did his duty in World War Two, just as his brother and sister did and his father before him in World War One."

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