The public have been urged to pay their respects to an RAF hero who participated in the D-Day landings, after fears of nobody attending the veteran’s funeral. Sidney Marshall died aged 90 at home on June 16th. The former RAF serviceman, who is from St Annes in Lancashire, participated in the D-Day landings, has no immediate family who are living nearby, and few if any would be able to attend his service.
Eddie Jacobs, the undertaker, has now made a request for Armed Forces personnel, both past and present, and also members of the public to come along and pay their respects at Mr Marshall’s funeral.
Mr Jacobs said ‘Sid is survived by elderly brothers and sisters but has no immediate family of his own. None of his relatives live locally and his wife, Elizabeth, died last year. Sid served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War as a flight sergeant in 9 Squadron, as a Mid Upper Gunner on Lancaster Aircraft.
He completed 28 sorties over heavily-defended targets in Germany and was involved in attacks on the German battleship The Tirpitz and the D-Day landings.’
For his exploits Mr Marshall received the Distinguished Flying Medal, following the war he remained in the RAF, and retired as a warrant officer. Mr Marshall is one of eight siblings. Mr Jacobs has said that only one of the brothers, who lives outside of the area, might be able to attend the service.
Mr Jacobs said ‘It would be appreciated if any serving or retired service personnel could attend Sid’s funeral and give him the send-off he deserves.’
Fylde Council Armed Forces member and Community Covenant Leader, Councillor Ed Nash, said ‘I would love to see anyone who is serving to come along. I will tell all my veterans to make an appearance. I will certainly make an appearance and will speak to the RAF Association to try and get a good turn-out.’
The service is to be held at Lytham Park Crematorium on Friday 4th July at 1.30pm.
Donations can be made to the RAF Benevolent Fund, c/o Roland L.Whitehead and Daughter at the funeral directors in East Bank Road, St Annes, FY8 1ND.