War veteran to receive final farewell after public appeal

War veteran Frederick Leach is set to be given a fitting send-off after an appeal for people to pay tribute to him at his funeral.

Mr Leach, who was 94-years-old, fought in the Second World War and was involved in especially heavy fighting in Norway. But he has no known family, leading to an appeal for people to attend his final farewell from Redcar and Cleveland Council, which had been managing his care

An appeal has been made for people to attend the funeral of World War 2 veteran Frederick Leach. Credit: Stefan Sauer/DPA/Press Association Images

The appeal comes days after hundreds of people responded to a similar call to attend the funeral of Dambusters veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival, who served as ground crew in the famous raids in May 1943. He died aged 99 after never marrying or having children.