Com­rades’ fi­nal salute for Le­gion stal­wart

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­

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.

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