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Hundreds honour war hero

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a war veteran they never knew today after an online appeal for Harold Jellicoe Percival, who died aged 99 with no close friends or relatives.

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War hero funeral crowd 'surpasses expectations'

The vicar at Harold Jellicoe Percival's funeral told mourners they had "surpassed expectations" by attending the war veteran's send-off in huge numbers.

The Reverend Alan Clark said Percival's funeral could have been attended by no one. Credit: ITV News

"It seemed Harold Jellicoe Percival's funeral would be sparsely attended, if indeed anyone would attend," the Reverend Alan Clark told well-wishers in the packed crematorium.

Hundreds attended Percival's funeral, many of them in military uniform. Credit: ITV News

"But you have come in numbers surpassing anything that was expected. You come not because you knew him, but because each of us are part of each other. We have a common humanity."

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