Friday 13 December 2019

Church plea for Guardsman mourners

A church has launched an online appeal for mourners to attend the funeral of a former Welsh Guardsman
A church has launched an online appeal for mourners to attend the funeral of a former Welsh Guardsman

A church has launched a social media campaign to find family and friends of a former Welsh Guardsman amid fears that no-one will attend his funeral.

Harold Morgan, 85, will be remembered at a service in St Tathan Church in St Athan, South Wales, tomorrow.

However, undertakers have been unable to trace any next of kin or friends for Oxford-born Mr Morgan, who had lived in a care home in Barry for the past 14 years.

Church officials have said it would be "horrible" if no-one was there at his send-off.

A message on St Tathan Church's Facebook page reads: "On Thursday (November 13), we have the funeral for the late Harold Morgan at 12 noon.

"He lived in Owain Court before moving to a care home in Barry approximately 14 years ago and requested that his funeral be at our church.

"Unfortunately there's been some difficulty tracing next of kin or knowing who his friends were, or if they're still in St Athan.

"If you did know Harold or have any more information, please get in touch or come along to his funeral on Thursday."

The Reverend Rachel Simpson hopes the church's appeal will be a success - adding that there had been a good response online so far.

Similar social media campaigns to find mourners for forces veterans have produced some amazing results in recent months.

In April, John Anderson Campbell, believed to have won the Military Cross for his bravery during the British Army's campaign in Burma, died in a care home at the age of 92 with no known friends or family.

However a big crowd turned up for his funeral in Whitley Bay Crematorium following an online appeal.

And last month, hundreds of total strangers turned up in Worcester to pay their last respects to D-Day RAF veteran Denis Man, who died with no surviving family.

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