World War II vet Harold Jellicoe "Coe" Percival passed away peacefully in his sleep last month at the age of 99. According to his obituary, Harold had "no close family who can attend his funeral."
Enter: The Internet.
After a scan of the former RAF Bomber Command ground crew member obituary appeared online last week, many took special note of the sentence asking for "any service personnel who can" to kindly attend his funeral, which was scheduled for this morning at 11 AM Blackpool time.
A call to action soon coalesced as the obit made its way around Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit.
Harold Percival's funeral in Lytham. Mourners young and old. pic.twitter.com/fERb5u43KW— Nick Garnett (@nicholasgarnett) November 11, 2013
The Dambusters theme plays as Harold Jellicoe Percival's coffin is carried into the chapel. Crowd of 300+. pic.twitter.com/ofXZH2Xfiv— Helen Pidd (@helenpidd) November 11, 2013