Dozens attend funeral for army veteran with no known family

More than 150 people attended the funeral of Royal Pioneer Corps veteran John Kearns this morning.

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150 strangers pay tribute to war veteran who died alone

More than a 150 people have attended the funeral of a second world war veteran from Derbyshire, who died with no known relatives. 95-year-old John Kearns from Long Eaton passed away last month, and his neighbours feared they'd be the only ones there to pay their respects.

But today strangers and members of the forces turned up in numbers for the cremation service after an appeal online by the Royal British Legion, so Mr Kearns could have a proper military send off. Chris Halpin reports.

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Dozens attend funeral for veteran with no known family

John Kearns Credit: ITV News Central

More than 150 people attended the funeral of Royal Pioneer Corps veteran John Kearns this morning.

The 95-year-old died in Derby with no known family.

His only friend launched a social media appeal as she feared only two people would attend the funeral.

It turned out to be a packed out service at Markeaton Crematorium.

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