A campaign is underway to ensure a D-Day survivor and war hero doesn’t have to die alone.
RAF veteran Sidney Marshall died at the age of 90 in his Lytham St. Annes, England, home two weeks ago. Marshall’s wife, Elizabeth, passed away 18 months ago, and the couple never had children.
In an effort to make certain Marshall and his accomplishments are remembered and honored, undertaker Eddy Jacobs is urging people to attend his funeral, which will take place on Independence Day, reports Inquisitr.
During World War II, Marshall served as a mid-upper gunner. He took part in a historic attack on November 12, 1944, which resulted in the sinking of the 42,900-ton German battleship, Tirpitz. The Lancaster bomber pilot was honored with the Distinguished Flying Medal for taking down five Luftwaffe fighters after his plane was attacked.
In total, Marshall completed 28 sorties for the RAF’s 9th Squadron.
The hero, who became a warrant officer after the war, has eight siblings. With the exception of one brother, they are all reportedly too elderly to attend his funeral service.
Jacobs told Daily Mail that Marshall kept to himself. He moved the funeral to July 4 in order to honor him and issued this statement in hopes that others will do the same:
“We’ve got so much to be thankful for to guys like these … I first met him 18 months ago when his wife died and he was absolutely devastated. He was a very unassuming sort of man, so when I heard the stories about his time during the war I couldn’t believe it. These guys were so brave.”
“He’s got no one to fight in his corner really,” Jacobs added. “He was quite a private person.”