Armed forces say farewell to Chorley war hero John

Armed forces personnel, from top brass to cadets, turned out to pay their respects at the funeral of  Second World War pilot John Valentine in Chorley.

By Brian Ellis
Saturday, 14th March 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Saturday, 14th March 2020, 5:08 pm
Standard bearers lead the funeral cortege for John Valentine as cadets look on.
Standard bearers lead the funeral cortege for John Valentine as cadets look on.

The former Bomber Command flier, who died aged 96, was given a full military send-off only days after it seemed he would be buried with only a handful of mourners.

An appeal for ex-servicemen and women to rally round for a war hero on his final journey resulted in representatives of the RAF, Army and Royal Navy turning out at St Mary’s RC Church.

“It was an excellent turnout,” said Kinga Grzeczynska who gave the eulogy.

RAF top brass salute a WW2 hero.

“There were Wing Commanders and Squadron Leaders and right through the ranks. We even had young cadets who took time out of school.

“Her Majesty’s Armed Forces came together to say goodbye to one of their own and give him the funeral he deserved as a war hero.”