Fitting funeral for war hero

John David Evans, a WW2 veteran and former Blackpool fireman, who sadly passed away on November 2
John David Evans, a WW2 veteran and former Blackpool fireman, who sadly passed away on November 2
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A WAR hero and former fireman was laid to rest and remembered fondly at a full military funeral.

John David Evans, known as David, died on November 2, aged 86, having dedicated his life to service.

The great-grandfather, of Lawson Road, Marton, saw active service as a Royal Marine in the Second World War. Upon his return to his hometown he spent ten years in the Territorial Army and worked as a fireman, based in Blackpool, for 25 years.

Grandson Craig Evans, 37, said: “Like a lot of war heroes he didn’t say a lot about his time, but he said they were hit more than once by kamikaze pilots, and he was a gunner so it was his job to hit back. He was proud to have served his country and remained in the military associations, they kept him well.”

The Royal Marines association helped to organise the funeral at Carleton Crematorium yesterday to give the marine a fitting ceremony.

Mr Evans, a police sergeant with Blackpool Police, said his grandfather had inspired him to serve Queen and country by joining the police.

He added: “He was a great man, one to be admired.”