Appeal to attend Hyde war veteran’s funeral
Tuesday 4th October 2016 @ 10:11 by Adam Higgins
Community Hyde News

Veterans are appealing for mourners to attend the funeral of a 94-year-old who served in Normandy.

Douglas Oswald Shallcross, from Hyde, died recently and leaves behind just a small family.

Mr Shallcross was a soldier for the Reconnaissance Corps, known as the Reece Corps, and served during World War Two.

Only four or five people are expected to attend his funeral which is taking place today (Tuesday) at Highfield Cemetery, in Romiley, at 1.30pm.

SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity – would like to give him a heroes welcome and are calling on anyone who is available to help celebrate his life.

Christina Howard, who is SSFA’s Tameside and Greater Manchester Press Officer, said: “I have contacted the Veterans Regimental Association, Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion who have told me they will be sending representatives to the funeral. We’ve also got four standbearers and a bugler.

“Every veteran who represents our country represents every one of us – they may be strangers to us but they are part of the British family of service. It’s becoming an end of an era for World War II veterans and we want to keep it alive.

“We’re proud of the fact that Tameside has the highest number of war veterans and people serving in the forces in the area.”