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Hundreds invited to turn out for funeral of war hero

A plea has gone out for well-wishers to turn out to honour war hero Sidney Marshall, who fought for the safety of thousands but died alone.

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RAF veterans to give war hero Sidney the send off he deserves

Sidney Marshall

RAF veterans will pay special tribute at the funeral of Sidney Marshall, the Lytham war hero who died alone.

Members of the RAF Association’s South Fylde, Preston and Leyland branches and Association standard bearers will be attending Sidney's funeral on Friday.

Sidney died at his home in Lytham St Annes several weeks ago.

The 90-year-old had no children and his wife, Elizabeth, died 18 months ago.

Darrell Slater-Smith, Northern Area Director for the RAF Association, said: “We are trying to encourage as many people as possible to attend Sidney’s funeral this Friday.

"I’m always saddened to hear of someone who gave so much for his country dying with no one to pay the proper respects.

"Members of the RAF Association will join other mourners to make sure Sidney is honoured properly.”

Sidney Marshall

Sidney served in 9 Squadron as a mid-upper gunner, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for helping to guide his Lancaster to safety following a raid on Bergen, when the plane was attacked by Focke-Wulf fighters.

The bomber's guns were paralysed, but Sidney managed to communicate with the pilot via radio, helping him dodge further fire.

Sidney completed a total of 28 sorties into Germany under heavy fire.

He was also instrumental in the attack which sank The Tirpitz, a 42,900 ton Bismarck-class battleship built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, on 12 November 1944.

The service will be held at Lytham Park Crematorium at 1:30pm on Friday 4 July.

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