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More than 100 mourners attend lone soldier's funeral after Facebook appeal

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More than 100 mourners attend lone soldier's funeral after Facebook appeal

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Around 100 people have attended the funeral of a former soldier in Wales after an appeal on social media for mourners.

Eighty five-year-old former Welsh Guardsman Harold Morgan died at the beginning of November. Undertakers were unable to trace his family or friends and the local vicar was worried no-one would be at his funeral so she put out an appeal on Facebook.

As a result, long lost friends came along, as well as serving and former soldiers.

“The way we found out about it was via social media and it’s obviously, it’s hard to keep track of all our old soldiers through the years. The Welsh Guards Association do a good job but obviously today, coming here to honour one of our former soldiers is a very proud day for us,” said Sergeant David Scarf from the 1st Batallion Welsh Guards, one of those attending the funeral.

Attendance was so high in the end that there were no spare seats inside the church in St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan. Speakers had to be set up for mourners standing outside so they could hear the service.