AP­PEAL HOPE

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS are hop­ing an ap­peal for fu­neral-go­ers to head to Ac­cring­ton to pay their re­spects to a 101-year-old war vet­eran has been a suc­cess.

Ex-ser­vice­men and Armed Forces groups launched an ap­peal on social media which has been shared thou­sands of times over the last few days, fol­low­ing the death of Ernest Cap­staff, who served in the Royal Navy dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Mar­shall Hall, founder of the Vet­er­ans World­wide News Face­book group, said: “He served in the Royal Navy dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, fight­ing against the Ja­panese Im­pe­rial Fleet is what I have been told.

“The only fam­ily he has is a niece and her hus­band. They would like to be able give him a send-off a vet­eran de­serves.

“If any­one can make it on that day just to give him the re­spect he de­serves they would be over­whelmed.”

The ser­vice was due to be held at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium on Thurs­day, October 26, at 12.20pm.

Mem­bers of the Ac­cring­ton Royal Bri­tish Le­gion will gather at the Cre­ma­to­rium for 12noon. A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be held af­ter the fu­neral at the Platts Social Club in Ac­cring­ton.

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