A decorated army veteran will have nobody attend his funeral, his financial custodians have said, because they don’t know if he has any living relatives.
Frederick Leach, 94, fought the Nazis as part of the Green Howards regiment and was honoured in 2005 for his part in the liberation of Norway.
However Redcar and Cleveland Council, who took care of Mr Leach’s estate and care until his death, have said that the war hero has nobody to give him a fitting send-off and are appealing for any information that may lead to his family.
‘We are in the process of arranging Fredrick’s funeral, which will be paid for from his estate, but we would very much like his relatives to attend,’ said the council’s cabinet member of health and social wellbeing, Sheelagh Clarke.
Mr Leach died on November 6 in Briarwood Care Home in Eston, roughly five miles from Middlesbrough.
Speaking to the Evening Gazette Mr Clarke said: ‘Sadly we know very little about his family life, but we do know he is a former plater’s helper who once lived in Simpson Close, South Bank, and remarried on July 8, 1988, to Annie Hazel Blenkey.
‘We also know he was tremendously proud of his service with the Green Howards, and quite rightly so.’
Their appeal for mourners comes days after hundreds of service personnel and members of the public turned out to say goodbye to a man they’d never met.
RAF veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival, 99, was believed to have died without any close family and it was understood that no-one was able to attend his funeral in Lancashire.
However, after an advert in a local paper by the funeral director went viral on social media more than 1,000 people turned out to pay their respects.
It is now hoped that Mr Leach’s relatives can be traced and that some members of the public, including serving and former personnel, will be able to attend.
His funeral is expected to be held next week but no details have been confirmed as yet.
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