A Veteran Died With Nobody To Attend His Funeral — What Happened Next Was Incredibly Moving

RIP, Harold Jellicoe Percival.

Harold Jellicoe Percival, a veteran of Bomber Command in WWII, died last month aged 99. The death notice in his local paper said that there was nobody to attend his funeral.

Twitter picked up the story, in the hope that somebody might be able to attend.

His local paper, the Blackpool Gazette, also covered the story.

And as a result today, at 11 a.m. on Armistice Day, hundreds of people — service personnel and civilians — gathered in the rain at Lytham Park Crematorium to pay their last respects to Harold.

Harold Percival's funeral in Lytham. Mourners young and old.

— nicholasgarnett (@Nick Garnett)

More service personnel arriving at Harold Percival's funeral in Lytham.

— nicholasgarnett (@Nick Garnett)

Harold Percival is set to get a huge send off. People here tell me they're honoured.

— dannysavage (@Danny Savage)

RAF standard bearers prepare for the arrival of Harold Percival's coffin at Lytham Crematorium #lytham

— SteveBeckerHack (@Steve Becker)

Harold Percival’s coffin, draped in a union flag before the funeral. Darren Staples / Reuters

At the 11th hour the Last Post will be played before Harold Percival is taken into the chapel service.

— dannysavage (@Danny Savage)

The Dambusters theme plays as Harold Jellicoe Percival's coffin is carried into the chapel. Crowd of 300+.

— helenpidd (@Helen Pidd)

An army cadet wears a poppy during the funeral in Lytham St Annes. Darren Staples / Reuters

Darren Staples / Reuters

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