Tributes to war hero who served on D-day

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

MIL­I­TARY flags were raised in re­spect at the fu­neral yes­ter­day of a brave man who fought on the beaches on the D-day land­ings.

Sec­ond World War veteran Vic­tor Howard died aged 88 on May 6 af­ter a long ill­ness.

The fu­neral for the for­mer Royal En­gi­neer was held yes­ter­day at St Paul’s Church, in Mill­field, where he was mar­ried to Kath­leen in 1951.

His cof­fin was draped with a Union Flag on which was his beret, a poppy wreath and flow­ers.

The cortege was led to the church and then the cre­ma­to­rium by the stan­dard-bear­ing mem­bers of the Royal En­gi­neer As­so­ci­a­tion Peter­bor­ough branch who were joined by other stan­dard bear­ers.

The ser­vice was led by the Rev­erend Ron Watkinson and started with the hymn Amaz­ing Grace.

A psalm was read fol­lowed by a poem, which had been sent to Vic­tor’s daugh­ter Anne shortly af­ter his death.

The Rev Watkinson then led tributes to Vic­tor in a eu­logy pay­ing par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to his war ser­vice.

hon­our: Stan­dards were raised in mem­ory of Vic­tor Howard who died in May. PICTURE: ROW­LAND HOB­SON

He said: “It im­pacted his life for the rest of his days. He would have seen some things that you couldn’t imag­ine.

“I’m told he kept a small pocket Bi­ble in his breast pocket. Af­ter sur­viv­ing D-day he found a piece of shrap­nel em­bed­ded in that pocket Bi­ble. His faith in God had prob­a­bly saved his life.”

The Rev Watkinson went on to tell the as­sem­bled con­gre­ga­tion about his life, work­ing at Perkins En­gines and bring­ing up two chil­dren. He be­came an ac­tive part in the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and the Royal En­gi­neer As­so­ci­a­tion Peter­bor­ough branch and was in­vited to the Buck­ing­ham Palace sev­eral times.

Even when he was suf­fer­ing ill health, Vic­tor laid a wreath at the Re­mem­brance Day pa­rade last year.

Af­ter the eu­logy there were pray­ers and an­other read­ing from the Gospel ac­cord­ing to St John fol­lowed by The Lord’s My Shep­herd.

Af­ter the fu­neral the cortege made its way to Peter­bor­ough Cre­ma­to­rium, in Marholm, where more stan­dards were raised in his hon­our and the Last Post was sounded. A wake was held at Bur­ton Street Bowls Club.

Do­na­tions were made in his mem­ory to the Royal Engineers As­so­ci­a­tion Peter­bor­ough branch.

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