UK: Hundreds moved to turn out to funeral of ex Royal Marine Albert Vaughan, BEM after fears only 6 would attend – 130413 0725z

Funeral of former Royal Marine Albert Vaughan, BEM

hundreds moved to turn out after fears only 6 would attend

(Video credit: telegraphtv)

“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.” – telegraphtv

Other Reports

A war veteran who died with just a handful of relatives to mourn him has been given a hero’s funeral after a care home manager sent out a hopeful email which went global.

About 500 people attended the funeral today of ex-Royal Marine Albert Vaughan who died on his 89th birthday at a Staffordshire nursing home last month.

Standard bearers and members of the public lined the streets as Mr Vaughan’s coffin was taken to St Editha’s Church, in Tamworth.

Farewell: Hundreds of people attended the funeral of war veteran Albert Vaughan after the nursing home where he died sent an e-mail which went global
Old soldier Mr Vaughan - a war veteran - was given the send of he deserved

A fitting farewell: Hundreds of people attended the funeral of war veteran Albert Vaughan after the nursing home where he died sent an e-mail which went global

It comes after staff at Marmion Nursing Home in the town said they only knew a handful of relatives who could attend – so manager Chris Homer sent a speculative email to the National Ex-Services Association explaining what had happened.

Within hours people across the planet had responded – from as far away as Australia, India and Dubai.

Mr Vaughan had spent the last 21 years of his life at the nursing home and died of pneumonia just two hours after his birthday.”

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