Strangers attend RAF veteran Kenneth White’s funeral
An online appeal led to more than 100 people turning out for the funeral of an RAF veteran who died with no known family.
Kenneth White lived in the St Ives area of Cambridgeshire and was 84 when he died at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in December.
The group Veterans Honoured posted a plea for mourners to attend his funeral, and a Facebook appeal was launched.
More than 100 people turned out to Cambridge Crematorium yesterday, including around a dozen bikers and a coach-load from RAF Wyton.
Alan Scott, of the St Ives branch of the Royal British Legion, said little was known about Mr White. He was born near Barnsley in 1933, and served in the RAF in the 1950s including Iraq and the Persian Gulf.
"We don't know how he came to be living in this area and we don't know if he's always been single or has a family somewhere," said Mr Scott.
"The hospital at Hinchingbrooke made lots of attempts to find out if he had any family.
"Unfortunately they haven't been able to find any."
Sarah O'Connor (45) from Cambridge, was among those who attended the service.
She said that the funeral of Mr White was the first funeral of a serviceman that she had attended since the death of her brother Sergeant Bob O'Connor, who died following the loss of a Hercules aircraft over Iraq in 2005.
"Kenneth was reported as not having a family which is wrong, as he's got the military family," she said.