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RAF Sergeant Peter Brown’s long-lost relative travels 4,600 miles for WW2 hero’s funeral

WAR hero Peter Brown may have died alone – but yesterday he got the moving send-off he so richly deserved. The 96-year-old was one of the last Pilots of the Caribbean who came to Britain’s aid in World War Two. Just 16, he had lied about his age, joined the RAF and travelled from his home in Jamaica to the UK, where as a Flight Sergeant wireless operator he flew in a Lancaster bomber on five missions. When he died in London nearly 80 years later last December, his neighbours feared only a handful of people would be at his graveside to mourn, and no relatives. But yesterday — thanks to a Sun campaign — an astonishing 550 well-wishers packed the RAF’s church to bid Peter farewell. The funeral service at St Clement Danes on the Strand in central London was set to go with military precision at 11am sharp. Among the packed congregation yesterday were Brooke Alexander, 31, Peter’s cousin’s granddaughter on his mother’s side, who travelled 4,600 miles from Kingston, Jamaica, to be at the moving service. And the Bird family — Rosie, 62, Brian, 65 and Michael, 65 — relatives of Peter’s dad William, flew in from Vancouver. Rosie told The Sun: “When I heard, I just knew it was him, it was someone from our family. “It was such a lovely service. I was thinking of my family in church and how so many people must be so proud to be related to him. I feel like I know him.” Read more: The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to know Read The Sun: Like The Sun on Facebook: Follow The Sun on Twitter: Subscribe to The Sun on Snapchat:
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