Family of late Doncaster war hero in funeral plea

The friends and family of a Doncaster war hero, who passed away aged 99, are calling on people across the borough to attend his funeral and help give him the send off he deserves.

By Sarah Marshall, Multimedia Reporter
Sunday, 6th December 2015, 11:15 am
Eric Gill at his Edlington home.
Eric Gill at his Edlington home.

Eric Gill, of Nelson Road, Edlington, who fought in the 49th West Riding Infantry during World War Two, sadly passed away on November 30.

And now, the loved ones of Mr Gill are calling on people across Doncaster to attend the brave veteran's funeral.

This is due to fears that the funeral of Mr Gill, who was awarded the Légion d'honneur by the French Government earlier this year, may not be well attended due to the 99-year-old only having a 'small circle of friends and family,' some of whom will be unable to make it due to illness and distance.

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Commenting on social media, a spokesman for the Gill family said: "We call upon the entire nation to consider attending his funeral in Doncaster

They added: "Let us show the world how much respect we have for Eric and the men who helped keep this great nation of ours free."

A venue and date for Mr Gill's funeral has not yet been announced, but continue to check the Free Press website for updates.