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A war veteran today made an emotional appeal for servicemen and women to turn out to remember a hero of the Second World War who has no family to attend his funeral.


Sgt Rick Clement who was badly injured while serving in Afghanistan, is asking for people to attend the funeral of former Bomber Command veteran Harold Jellicoe “Coe” Percival.

Mr Percival died, last month, at the Alistre Lodge Nursing Home in St Annes. He was 99-years-old.

A notice posted in The Gazette’s sister paper the Lytham St Annes Express said: “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.”

Sgt Clement (pictured), who lost both his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010, said on social networking site Facebook: “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.

“If you’re in the area give him the send off he deserves.

“This guy needs and deserves your help.”


The funeral service will be held at Lytham Park Crematorium at 11am on Monday.

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