Hundreds attend soldier’s funeral after online appeal | RedCowHills

The funeral of 89-year-old Albert Vaughan was going to be attended by just six members of staff after he outlived his children, until an online appeal from his care home brought hundreds out to pay their respects in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Former Royal Marine Albert Vaughan, 89, had spent the last 20 years of his life at a nursing home until his death on March 25 from pneumonia.

As Albert had outlived his children, Chris Homer, manager of the Marmion Nursing Home emailed the National Ex-Services Association who organised an online appeal to try to encourage more people to give the war veteran a proper send-off.

To the surprise of the nursing home, hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects at his funeral and cremation in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Dozens of war veterans formed a guard of honour as Albert’s coffin was brought into the church and later the crematorium.

“We’re all family. To civilians it might seen strange, but for us it isn’t as it’s just paying our respects to a fellow comrade,” said one war veteran who attended the funeral.
“It’s all family, once a Marine, always a Marine,” another veteran said.

It is thought that Albert was awarded up to six military medals during his career and that he was awarded a British Empire Medal (Military Division) in 1945 for services in World War Two.