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This Royal Navy veteran has died and has no-one to attend his funeral

A heartbreaking appeal has been made for people to attend the funeral of a mystery Royal Navy vetera..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 23, 2018

A heartbreaking appeal has been made for people to attend the funeral of a mystery Royal Navy veteran – who has passed away with no family to mourn him.

Little is known about John Leonard Baldwin, other than his name, and that he lived in the Cambridge area.

Cambridge City Crematorium

Because he has no family, his funeral is being organised by Cambridge-based funeral directors Weyman Funeral Directors.

John Baldwin was born in Wayland, Norfolk on July 8, 1927 – and died, aged 90, in Cambridge on April 19 this year.

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He served in the Royal Navy for 22 years, but as he has no living family, his funeral will only be attended by one long term friend and Reverend Simon Whittaker as chaplain.

However members of the public are being urged to show up to the funeral, to give him the send-off he deserves.

Mr Baldwin's funeral will be held from 2.30pm at Cambridge Crematorium on Thursday, May 3.

A posting on the Facebook site Veterans Honoured by Rev Whittaker said: "Dear Friends, Once again I ask for you assistance, this time for the late John Leonard Baldwin.

"Born: Wayland, Norfolk. 8th July 1927. Died: Cambridge, Cambs 19th Apr 2018 (aged 90.)

"Served Royal Navy 22 years – and remained a true and proud military man all his life.

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"He has no living family and the service will only be attended by a long term friend and myself as Chaplain.

"The Service: Cambridge Crematorium, East Chapel, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0JJ. Thursday 3rd May @ 14:30.

"Donations/Tributes to: Weyman's Funeral Directors, 26 Abbey Walk, Cambridge CB1 2QJ. Tel: 01223 354289. Thank you. Rev. Simon."

A Facebook event has also been set up by Veterans Honoured for all those interested in attending.

@CambridgeNewsUK 03 May, Cambridge. This RN Veteran has NO FAMILY to attend this his final parade. Attend if you can or spread the word to inform others. Thank you https://t.co/ela4ut9NtF

— veteranshonoured (@veteranshonour2) April 23, 2018

The appeal comes after the News shared a similar appeal for the funeral of RAF hero Kenneth White.

Moved by Kenneth's story, people rallied round to contribute to a celebration of his life.

Reader Paul Beard got in touch to say friends and serving RAF personnel would attend the funeral on March 26 .

Flowers, wreath and a small collection for a plaque in Kenneth's memory were organised.

Before the planned funeral service at Cambridge Crematorium, 150 motorbikes travelled with Kenneth's body from St Ives.

The escort, with bikers from all over the country, was met by an armed forces bugler ahead of the funeral in the crematorium's West Chapel.

More than 100 people attended the service after Kenneth's story was shared through social media.

Kenneth White's coffin is carried into the Cambridge Crematorium. Picture: Keith Jones

Another appeal was made in May last year following the death of D-Day landings veteran John Craig, from Saffron Walden.

At his funeral, also at Cambridge Crematorium, more than 70 people came along to pay their last respects.

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