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Hundreds turn up to funeral of RAF veteran in Southampton

Hundreds of people have packed out a chapel in Southampton for the funeral of an RAF veteran with no surviving relatives.

Originally, two friends were due to attend George Osborne's memorial.

However an undertaker arranging his funeral spotted a photo album revealing the 96-year-old's colourful life.

George Peter Osborne was born on 16th January 1923

George Peter Osborne was born on 16th January 1923.

He was a signaller in Bomber Command Crew during World War Two.

The photo album revealed that George was a head waiter onboard the RMS Queen Mary.

He died at Southampton General Hospital last month.

Around 200 people turned up after an appeal for attendees spread across the community

Funeral Director Paul Capper, who runs his business in Eastleigh, launched a social media campaign to encourage people to come along and pay their respects to the RAF veteran.

The sun is rapidly setting on this age group of people that fought in all the armed forces during the Second World War. It's now getting to the stage where there are so few left and I think with all that he did, and people like him, there needs to be a massive thank you.

– Paul Capper, Funeral Director