WWII veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival died last month at age 99, leaving no close family behind. So the funeral home organizing his service put a
note in the UK man's obituary asking that "any service personnel who can" come to the funeral today, the BBC reports. The obituary went viral on Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit, Gawker reports, and hundreds of people showed up at the service. Since 100 people packed the crematorium, 400 more stood outside, despite the rain.
Family members who were able to attend the funeral (a nephew, great-nephew, and great-niece, per the BBC) expressed their gratitude.
"He was a quiet man, he was an ordinary man who did his duty and served in the war and to see so many people turn up, it's just overwhelming,"
said the nephew. Another nephew, who could not attend, called his uncle "a private man" who led a "nomadic" life, including backpacking through
England and living in Australia and New Zealand. He never married or had
children. You can see his obit on Twitter.
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