Military themed send off for army veteran

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An army veteran was given a special send-off with a military themed funeral that also paid tribute to his Scottish heritage.

Philip Davenport, who joined the Royal Signals at 16, died on March 5, aged 66.

Photo Neil Cross
Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

Photo Neil Cross Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

To mark his military life, son Philip, 23, organised for Royal British Legion flag bearers to attend the ceremony at St Anthony’s Church in Fulwood, yesterday.

He also arranged for a bag piper to lead the coffin in, as a nod to Mr Davenport’s Glaswegian roots.

Mr Davenport, who also spent many years working for the Royal Mail at the depot in Christian Road, Preston, spent his later years living in the Deepdale area.

A giant floral post box paid a light-hearted tribute to his second profession.

Photo Neil Cross
Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

Photo Neil Cross Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

Mr Davenport was a father-of-two and grandfather-of-three.

Photo Neil Cross
Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

Photo Neil Cross Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

Photo Neil Cross
Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

Photo Neil Cross Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

Photo Neil Cross
Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

Photo Neil Cross Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood