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Lest We Forget

Hiat Labib - Monday, November 11, 2013

He died a single man with no friends or family.

But today 700 strangers stood shoulder to shoulder to say farewell to Harold Jellicoe Percival.

The 99-year-old was the last remaining member of the WWII’s Dambusters team.

He had remained single after the one and only love of his life Jessie Campbell died of TB in 1935 and when he passed away no nearby family members could be found.

But today he was buried fittingly at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month.

Harold’s body was carried into the chapel to the theme music to the film The Dambusters.

A community choir sang Jerusalem during the service and the coffin - draped in the RAF and Union flag - departed to the echo of the Last Post.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



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