THOUSANDS of well-wishers have shared a plea for mourners to attend the funeral of a war hero soldier with no living family.
David McLaren Kerr, 90, died at a care home in Newton, Wales, after a distinguished career in the Royal Marines.
The earlier deaths of wife Nancy and daughter Maryanne raised the prospect that nobody would attend his funeral - sparking a mass appeal from funeral directors Leach & Son.
They asked for members of the Royal British Legion to pay their respects - and the call snowballed from there.
The firm's Richard Parkes said: "We were expecting one or two people to show up, but we knew he was a proud former marine and we thought it would be fitting to have some ex-soldiers present.
"It spiralled from there."
Among those travelling to attend is former Marines Reg Sgt Maj Phil Gilby, who will be coming up from Exmouth after seeing the appeal on social media.
He said: "We will turn up, dress the coffin and try to give him as much of a military funeral as we can.
"The Royal Marines class ourselves as a family and we are taught to look after each other."We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at email@example.com or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.