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    Hundreds Gather To Pay Respects To World War II Hero Who Died With No One To Attend His Funeral

    Sidney Marshall took part in the D-Day Landings, but despite fears that his funeral would be deserted, his deeds haven't been forgotten.

    Last week we reported that World War II Hero Sidney Marshall had died with barely anyone to attend his funeral, which is today.

    There were genuine fears that apart from one or two extended family members, no would turn up.

    Minutes silence for Sidney Marshall #RIP #RAFHero

    But the funeral was arranged anyway, with the funeral directors hoping that some publicity would get some mourners to turn up.

    It worked. The undertakers' fears that no one would turn up to send him off didn't come to pass, as crowds gathered to pay tribute.

    Hundreds had gathered at the crematorium in Lytham.

    At Lytham Crem for funeral of RAF hero Sidney Marshall who died last month. Hundreds of mourners have arrived.

    Hundreds turn out for funeral of WW2 veteran Sidney Marshall in Lytham.

    Serving members of the armed forces turned out in droves.

    #SidneyMarshall we thanked you and we cried #goodnessAndMercy

    Fellow veterans assembled to show their respects.

    Veterans gathering before the funeral of Sidney Marshall at Lytham Park Crematorium today.

    Veterans and standard bearers get ready for the ceremony. #SidneyMarshall

    The scene inside the crematorium was a busy one.

    Inside the funeral service for RAF veteran Sidney Marshall from Fylde. Mourners answered a call to pay respects

    It was an emotional experience, even for people who didn't know Sidney.

    I've just been to a funeral of a wonderful man I never knew #SidneyMarshall - but still I cried

    But still there was enough levity for this joke from Sidney's brother.

    Brother of RAF hero #SidneyMarshall jokes he got revenge on Nazis for bombing his bakers - by bombing a German sausage factory years later.

    Donations were being taken for the RAF Benevolent Fund, which cares for retired servicemen and women.

    Donations to the @RAFBF can be made in memory of Sidney Marshall and all those who served. #lestweforget