Strangers attend funeral of vet who died alone

Request for mourners goes viral following death of 99-year-old veteran

POSTED: 7:49 AM PST November 11, 2013 
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Hundreds of strangers attended the funeral of a 99-year-old World War II veteran who died alone.

More than 300 people packed a crematorium in Lytham St Annes in Lancashire, England, for Monday's ceremony to lay Harold Jellicoe Percival to rest, Metro reported.

A member of the Royal Air Force, he died in a nursing home in October with no close friends or immediate family, having never married or had children.

An appeal for mourners was posted by the crematorium in a local newspaper and soon went viral online.

It read: "A single man, Harold has no close family who can attend his funeral. He served in RAF Bomber Command as ground crew during the Second World War.

"Any service personnel who can attend his funeral service would be appreciated."

Percival was part of the ground team who worked with the famous Dambusters squadron No. 617 whose daring raids in May 1943 destroyed strategic German dams, according to The Independent.

His funeral took place as Britain marked Armistice Day with two minutes of silence.