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Online plea packs funeral of veteran Reginald Watson

By Sam Russell

More than 100 people have attended the funeral of a Second World War veteran who died with no living family.

Reginald Watson, who had served in the King's Royal Rifle Corps, passed away on November 23 aged 90.

He had lived in the same house in Norfolk nearly all of his life, and spent his final six months in hospital due to ill health. When Rev Mandy Bishop, of Ormesby, learned that Mr Watson had no surviving relatives and faced a pauper's funeral and burial in an unmarked grave, she arranged a more fitting service and posted details of his funeral on Facebook.

More than 100 people turned out to the service at St Margaret's Church in Ormesby yesterday. During the service Ms Bishop said she was "overwhelmed" by the response to her plea.

She described Mr Watson as a "quiet, unassuming" man who had served his country for almost four years.

He enlisted in Norwich aged 18 in January 1945, and it is thought he served both in Europe and the Middle East.

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