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Hundreds of strangers turn out to honour army veteran at his funeral

Peter Pickard served with the Gloucestershire Regiment Credit: Royal British Legion

More than a hundred strangers turned out in Bristol to honour a military veteran who died with no close family or friends.

74-year-old Peter Pickard was taken ill at him home in Bedminster at the end of last year and died in hospital on December 29th.

But no-one came forward to claim his body or arrange a funeral.

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The Bristol City Council arranged for him to be cremated and that's when the Royal British Legion and an organisation called Veterans Honoured stepped in.

They heard about these plans and made sure he had a proper send off with the thanks to social media.

Peter was a Private with the Gloucestershire regiment - also known at the 'Glorious Glosters'.

Clifford Edwards served with Peter in the 1960's. He'd lost touch but came to pay his respects.

He's part of a family. Once you join the army you are part of a family. As you are taught, the man on the left looks after the man on the right and the man on the left looks after the man on his right and so it goes on. So you're always looking out for each other

– Clifford Edwards, Gloucestershire Regiment.

It wasn't just military personnel in attendance, people of all ages and from all walks of life ensured that during his final goodbye Peter Pickard wasn't alone.