Comrades’ final salute for Legion stalwart
THE sadness of a Royal British Legion stalwart’s funeral was intensified because the service was held on the same day as his 38th wedding anniversary.
Tom Styles, who is survived by his wife Lin, made his final journey from his Dymchurch home to Hawkinge Crematorium on Friday.
A dozen Legion standard bearers were there to honour the cortege at its arrival.
RBL county secretary Pat Cox said: “There was standing room only at the chapel and there were gasps among mourners when it was revealed this had been his 38th wedding anniversary.
“He had always carried on helping, until he was too ill to, and he will be sadly missed.”
Mr Styles, 67, died on November 22 after a long battle with ill health.
He had been elected RBL county chairman three times during his career with the charity, serving a total nine years.
He had to step down from the post in September as his health deteriorated.
This is the RBL tradition of reading the fourth stanza of the First World War poem For the Fallen ending with the classic line “We will remember them”.
The eulogy was given by RBL county president John Partridge and the service was officiated by the legion’s county padre the Rev Brian Sharpe.