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99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In

Imagine serving your country just to die alone in a nursing home with no friends or family to celebrate your life or achievements.  This nearly happened for Harold Jellicoe Percival who was a veteran Bomber Command Crew in WWII who died last year at the age of 99.  Luckily, the nursing home posted an obituary in the local paper and “Coe’s” story was picked up by social media.  This veteran died alone but he his death brought tremendous support and his story touched hundreds of people. I am sure the show of support he received would have put a smile on his face!

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In

In hopes of finding someone who may be able to attend the funeral, the story was shared via Twitter.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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More people started to share the story.

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Then the local newspaper noticed and published a story.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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The support Harold Received was astounding!

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Hundreds of strangers ending up showing up for his funeral.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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Mourners of all ages showed up.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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More service personnel showed up.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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People are honored to be able to attend.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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Bearers wait for the coffin.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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His coffin is draped with a union flag.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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The Last Post will be played before he is taken inside the chapel.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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Over 300 people showed up.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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Army cadets wore red poppies.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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You won’t be forgotten, Harold.

99-Year Old WWII Veteran Dies With No One To Attend Funeral, Until The Internet Stepped In
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Rest In Peace Harold Jellicoe Percival!