A packed St Clement Danes – the Central Church of the RAF – for Flight Sergeant Peter Brown WW2 Veteran Royal Air Force.
Friends, neighbours, family and others believed to be family members, were among hundreds of mourners to join a final farewell to one of the last aircrews of the Caribbean in WW2 at a moving RAF church ceremony.
Flight Sergeant Peter Brown, originally from Jamaica, died before Christmas aged 96 at the home he had lived at in Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale, for 50 years.
The full military send-off, in St Clement Danes Church, had to be booked after a council-funded crematorium service in Mortlake was judged too small to hold the crowds.
Peter, who died alone at his home, was due to be given a so-called “pauper’s funeral” without full military honours. Many individuals and the Media followed up on the story leading to prime minister Rishi Sunak calling for a fitting service, given his wartime heroism.