Hundreds Show Up To Funeral For British Vet Who Died Without Family

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When a British man who served in the RAF during WWII died in a nursing home on Oct. 25th at the age of 99, he didn’t have any close relatives to mourn him.

A fellow vet, Sgt. Rick Clement, who was badly injured while serving in Afghanistan, took to Facebook when he read that Harold “Coe” Percival had died without any “close family who can attend his funeral.”

“I need a big favour from any military or ex-serving members. This fallen soldier at 99-years-old is having a funeral on Monday and he has no family to attend,” he posted, according to the Blackpool Gazette. “If you’re in the area give him the send off he deserves. This guy needs and deserves your help.”

This is what happened at Percival’s funeral today:

[Blackpool Gazette]

27 comments
simon.time-gmail
simon.time-gmail

Funny thing about the Brits - they can be very cold fish but they know how to give a good send off 

DJNITTI
DJNITTI

Beautiful.  There's still hope for humanity.

DanielSchmidt
DanielSchmidt

Gives me a good feeling to know that people still care and have honor.

God bless that warrior

walky
walky

This is not the first time for such shameful deeds of today. I seem to remember there was another case only a few months ago where a veteran died without getting the respect he deserved until he passed on. How fast we forget. These vets fought for the right to freedodom......the freedom to be able to write such drivel we see partly on these pages........to fight for principles, principles which are a basic right for all of us....the right to be able to criticise and not suffer the consequences.......just what some misguided individuals on these pages just do not seem to be able to comprehend.

RIP reason

gizmo2010
gizmo2010

Very fitting. This is how other humans should react to one another. Unfortunately many of us are too self serving. God bless the soldier.

JimiC.Corn
JimiC.Corn

I cried when I saw this.  Such an outpouring of love for an old vet of a terrible war.  Good job England.  

SailorX
SailorX

My great grand father and grandfather both fought during WW2, my grandfather on the Pacific front and my great grand father in the European front. I was lucky to meet my great grand father and I was old enough that I can remember him. He spoke of the "Brits" and of 2 British RAF angels that saved their skins who he sought out and thanked. Per Ardua ad Astra and thank you. Without you I might not be here today. RIP.

RogerBrowning
RogerBrowning

Love the British. Always on the front lines. Never wavering. Forever standing up for decency and honor. Aussies too. We in the US are blessed to count them as friends and allies. May this good countryman and soldier RIP. 

SharonCampbell-Cassidy
SharonCampbell-Cassidy

While it is sad that no one visited him when he was in the nursing home I think it's wonderful how many people showed up for his funeral to show their respect. It's just sad that no one new he was there and so alone before his death. I think schools, businesses, and the community should partner with nursing homes to make sure that someone knows these people exist. That there are people out there with no living family members and no friends to speak of. That they would appreciate a visit from most anyone and it would only take a few minutes out of a persons day. No one should die alone and forgotten!!   

tonychighur
tonychighur

Oh, "vets".  There has been no war "for" the American people since 1945.

Since then every one of you Vets have been just sheep for the slaughter for the grand-national military-industrial complex, dying like sheep so our grand-national corporations can advance their multi-national agendas of profit.

I don't blame those grand-nationals--best exemplified by Cheney and Iraq and Halliburton

I blame you yourselves for not being educated and not promoting the value of education in your sons and daughters.  You yourselves are at fault.  By being ignorant, and not building an economy in your own home county state or region, you have fed your sons and daughters to the military-industrial machine, just as Eisenhower said it would be.

Shame on you all for sacrificing your children for nothing.  For you have gained nothing.

God Bless the USA.


danlnyc86
danlnyc86

From this we should learn what Formerlyjames and Just.some.guy bring to light in their comments. We should not let senior citizens be lonely. They have spent their lives being the backbones of our nations, but in too many western nations, The US being mine, once people are senior, they are cast aside, avoided, disregarded, neglected, and not shown respect and/or cared for by our governments when they have spent their lives working hard, paying taxes, and then politicians want to cut & take away the benefits their taxes have paid for all of these years. That is deceit and fraud by our politicians, yet they never cut their own salaries, benefits or retirement benefits, yet most if not all are very wealthy and don't need gov't benefits and their full-salary pensions - for which many did nothing to very little to "earn" during their time in office; rather they just use their office to pad their own bank accounts and further their careers rather than serve their constituents and nation. Heck, in the US corporations and gov't cast you aside once you've hit 50, if not 40-45. Senior citizens have a great deal of value and a lot to teach us. When I was a child I worked for many senior citizens and I loved to talk with them and hear their stories. I learned SO much of REAL history from them, not the edited, biased and packaged stuff presented in the limited history books.

One day, hopefully, we will all be senior citizens. Think ahead; do YOU want to be neglected and lonely?
Do Unto Other as You Would Have Them Do Unto You. No matter your religion, those are wise words for life; or as it is from another spiritual view, Karma. Karma WILL come back to you. But don't do it just to "protect" yourself; do it because it is the right, kind, Human thing to do. Let's all make sure their are no more people left lonely like Harold, whether they are 15, 20, 30, 40, 70 or 99, reach out to anyone near you. Don't say that your life is too busy and you don't have time; don't put it off until tomorrow, for you may not have a tomorrow. If you are blessed with tomorrows, would you like hearing that excuse from others when you are lonely?

RichardJorgensen
RichardJorgensen

Saw this the other day, that so many showed up makes me glad they cared.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

What these people did was a feel good act for themselves.  They did not alleviate his loneliness when he was alive.  He wasn't lonely when they showed up, he was gone.  Way to pat yourselves on the back for just showing up too late to mean anything.   

pcseller001
pcseller001

Class act. As the son of an already passed American WWII vet I applaud you.

BobbetteDavis
BobbetteDavis

@tonychighur Hey Tony!!! SHAME ON YOU for twisting the words of Eisenhower. Our military men and women ARE NOT ignorant!! They ARE NOT sheep!! They fight AND DIE for their fellow Americans.  As the wife and now the "mama" of a United States Marine, my "boys" are GOD fearing, intelligent, wise, independent thinking and productive men who would gladly give and take a bullet so that ALL OF AMERICA can sleep easier at night,...even gutless liberals like you. ,..sounds to me like "someone"(YOU) failed their 'psych' evaluation when "someone"(YOU) tried to join the military. 

michael.anthony.little
michael.anthony.little

@tonychighur Your welcome.  Because of me and other uneducated sheep who have raised our right hands to support and defend your right to say whatevery you want.

nutcase1
nutcase1

@tonychighur You have that right to say this because those "ignorant" people fight everyday for you. 

just.some.guy
just.some.guy

@formerlyjames And what about you, James? Did you go out looking for individuals in this situation? Too busy being cynical than useful? Atleast these folks made an effort, yes "after the fact" to pay tribute, but all you do is type a few words trying to shame their efforts. You're just as pathetic as the assumption you make of others.

Get a life...

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@just.some.guy 

Guilty as charged.  I knew when I was posting that it was cynical and almost (should have) not posted.   But it is true that the man did not benefit in the least for the show at his funeral.  I do try to pay attention to the living and think funerals as well are for the living, not the dead.

Case
Case

@formerlyjames @just.some.guy They didn't know this person when he was in the nursing home so how would they have known he was alone and had no family or friends to spend time with him. I  think what people did by coming to his funeral to pay their respects was a wonderful gesture.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

@just.some.guy 

On a more positive note, maybe the people who did attend to pay tribute will now do a more valuable service by paying attention to people before they are gone.