Appeal to attend veteran John's funeral

By Twm Owen in Local People

An appeal has been made for people to attend the funeral of a Second World War veteran who has died aged 93.

The funeral of John Ellis, who lived in Glasbury-on-Wye, is being held at Hereford Crematorium this Thursday, June 8 at 1.30pm.

Armed forces charity SSAFA has alerted its members of Mr Ellis’ funeral so they can attend while a post on Facebook has also asked for members of the public to attend.

Mr Ellis’ wife Joyce, who he moved to Glasbury with around 30 years ago, died seven years ago and his sister lives away and is too ill to attend.

Mr Ellis saw two years active service during the Second World War from 1943, which included regular bombing raids over Nazi-occupied Europe, including Berlin, Stuttgart and Nuremberg.

He joined the RAF at 19. He served as a flight engineer and was posted to the Royal Australian Air Force.

The Facebook post said: "John Ellis was a pilot officer serving on 466 (RAAF) Sqn when he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant."

The funeral has been organised by a neighbour of Mr Ellis.

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