“Rest easy soldier, your duty’s done. Goodnight and God bless.”
Community turns out to pay respects to 90-year-old Thomas Cox, who served in the Royal Pioneer Corps
After an appeal on social media, hundreds paid their respects to a WW2 Veteran who had no known relatives. It was shared to veteran groups, army-related groups and other local groups in the North East and in 12 hours it was seen by over 100,000 people.
Locals and Veterans alike answered the call of the Royal Pioneer Corps Association who posted an appeal on the Facebook page asking for people to attend.
Determined to show the respects Mr Cox deservedly earned, the ceremony was packed in a moving send off for the British Hero.
War veterans stood in as standard bearers, leading the procession with the coffin of Mr. Cox.
The moving ceremony was also joined by serving members of the Army in Middlesborough, Teeside.
Local florist Beckie McLinn saw the plea and created a 3ft coffin top arrangement for Mr Cox, who lived alone in Stockton, Co Durham.
One tribute read: “RIP brave soldier, gone but never forgotten” and another said: “Rest easy soldier, your duty’s done. Goodnight and God bless.”
One bunch of red flowers said: “Rest in peace brother.”
Norman Brown, who launched the appeal for mourners, said: “He had one hell of a send-off.”