Hundreds turn out to honour Sgt ‘Jack’

John 'Jack' Humphrey
John 'Jack' Humphrey
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Hundreds of mourners turned to pay one final salute to a army sergeant who served his country for the whole of World War Two.

Carleton Crematorium was full this morning (Friday) as more than 300 people paid their respects to John ‘Jack’ Humphrey, who died on February 8, aged 95.

He had died with no relatives living in the UK, leading a clutch of friends from the Freemasons, of which Mr Humphrey was a member for six decades, to call on the community to join his funeral.

Standard bearers filled the crematorium, paying respect to Mr Humphrey’s service, joined by serving soldiers, veterans, police officers, councillors, Freemasons and members of the public.

Mr Humphrey rose to the rank of sergeant during his time in the army and fought in the D-day landings as well as surviving the ill-fated Operation Market Garden.

Close friends of Mr Humphrey, who helped him to live independently at his home close to Stanley Park well into his 90s, were also in attendance, remembering their “intelligent, fun and modern” friend.

For the full story and reaction, see The Gazette on Saturday