Harold Jellicoe (“Coe”) Percival died at the age of 99, entirely alone. He was a celebrated World War II veteran and bomber commander. He wouldn’t have anyone to attend his funeral service, so a soldier injured while serving in Afghanistan, Sgt Rick Clement, was determined to make sure he was given a proper send off. The response his plea received was incredible.
“The WWII veteran’s memorial service will be held on 11/11/2013. He didn’t have anyone that would attend the service, so a Reddit user reached out to find people to support this veteran.”
His death notice read: “A single man, Harold has no close family who can attend his funeral. He served in RAF Bomber Command as ground crew during the Second World War. Any service personnel who can attend his funeral service would be appreciated.”
When Rick saw this heartbreaking notice, he posted online: “I need a big favour from any military or ex-serving members. This fallen soldier at 99-years-old is having a funeral on Monday and he has no family to attend.”
“If you’re in the area give him the send off he deserves.”
“This guy needs and deserves your help.”
The response? Hundreds of strangers have pledged to attend this fallen soldier’s funeral. Many are veterans, but there are still countless people who just want to make sure this veteran is properly honored.
“Me and a few other guys are going up on Monday. I live about 5 minutes away from the crematorium so it’s really the least I could do”
“Alright I’m going, we have to give this guy a great send off.”
The outpouring of support from complete strangers restores our faith in humanity and shows that people truly are good at heart. This 99 year old veteran did not deserve to die alone – and now, he won’t.
Rest in peace, Harold. And thank you.