Military themed send off for army veteran

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

Friday, 17th March 2017, 2:56 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:22 am
Photo Neil Cross Funeral of ex-army man Philip Davenport at St Anthony's Church, Fulwood

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

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.

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

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.

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
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