WWII Veteran Dies Alone, The Internet Reacts To Plea To Fill His Funeral
A 95-year-old British soldier who died alone in Queensland has been farewelled by more than 200 strangers thanks to a kind gesture from his local RSL sub-branch.
Brian Fortune passed away in Ipswich Hospital with no family or next of kin, the Ipswich RSL sub-branch declared in a Facebook post last week.
"Our sub-branch was asked if we could do anything for him and of course we said we will organise his funeral and do a poppy service for him," the organisation wrote.
The sub-branch put a call out to all veterans and members of the public, asking them to attend Fortune's funeral "to give him a wonderful send-off".
The sub-branch confirmed to 10 News First that Fortune served for the British Army in World War II.
Their post was shared more than 2000 times and was flooded with comments of support for Fortune and RSVPs.
"I will be attending because my grandfather would have been 100 this year and he served with lots of British servicemen in WWII on the Burma-Thai railway," one Facebook user commented.
"To honour this man is a privilege."
"Thank you for the post. Dress for the funeral? Suit and medals? Do they require a pallbearer? I am volunteering if they do." Another wrote.
On Monday Fortune was farewelled by over 200 strangers at Goodna Crematorium.
The sub-branch president Michael Blaine told 10 News First he was overwhelmed by the turnout.
"I have a lot of 90-year-old's say to me 'all my mates are gone now, who's going to be there to say goodbye?' so I'm a very proud veteran at the moment," he said.