Call to give veteran with no living relatives a good send off at Brighton funeral

The charity is hoping the Brighton community will give the veteran a good send off
The charity is hoping the Brighton community will give the veteran a good send off

An armed forces charity is calling on the Brighton community to come together to lay 85-year-old veteran George Henry Liggins to rest at Woodvale Crematorium.

The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association (SSAFA), said the veteran, who died in hospital last month, has no next of kin.

His funeral, in the crematorium's South Chapel, takes place at 9.30am on Tuesday, December 11.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "The funeral has been arranged by his kind-hearted neighbours, due to George having no next of kin.

"George passed away peacefully on November 18 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. His neighbours arranging his funeral with the assistance of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

"In July 1951, George enlisted into the Royal Leicestershire Regiment where he completed National Service, before being medically discharged in 1966.

"Following National Service, he decided to enlist in the Coldstream Guards (CG), where he served mainly with the 2nd Battalion and saw service in British Guyana, where he was orderly to Sir Brian Bartlett, as well as Kenya and Zanzibar.

"The funeral, taking place on Tuesday 11th December at 09:30am at Woodvale Crematorium, South Chapel, is due to be attended by Sir Brian Bartlett, now the president of the Coldstream Guards in Sussex, as well as fellow members of the Association.

"Flowers welcome or donations in his memory may be sent to SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity). All enquiries to Co-op Funeralcare, 133 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JH. Tel: 01273607276."