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Military funeral for Britain's oldest Royal Marine

Albert Joyner, aged 101, with Bradford's Lord Mayor Coun Khadim Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A military funeral service for Britain's oldest-surviving Royal Marine will be held today in Riddlesden.

Albert Joyner from Keighley had five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He died earlier this month at the incredible age of 102.

He was well-known in the area as a poppy-seller and raised more than £15,000 for the Royal British Legion.

During his time in the Marines, he was sent to fight on HMS Curacoa at the outbreak of the Second World War. It was bombed by the Luftwaffe in April 1940 and he was later involved in the evacuation of Singapore and supported the landings during the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943.

Mr Joyner retired in 1956, holding the rank of Colour Sergeant.

He then went on to become president of Bradford and District Royal Marines Association.

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