Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Military Aviation
Reload this Page >

Funeral of Bomber Command signaller

Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of the world equally welcome here.

Funeral of Bomber Command signaller

Old 12th Feb 2019, 20:15
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: 5909N 00238W (IATA: SOY, ICAO: EGER)
Age: 75
Posts: 796
Funeral of Bomber Command signaller

From Paul Capper (Funeral Director):
George Peter Osborne died in Southampton General Hospital on the 20th January 2019 aged 96 years. Sadly his executor died a month previously.
Two friends are arranging his funeral for Thursday 14th February at The East Chapel of Southampton Crematorium at 09.45hrs.
Whilst looking through a photograph album of his it turns out that he was, according to the RAF Museum in London, a signaller in Bomber Command Air Crew.
There is, so far, 2 people attending his funeral, is there anyone out there that could help to swell the ranks and give this brave hero who has no family a fitting send-off?
Paul Capper, Eastleigh's Independent Funeral Directors 023 8061 2444
ricardian is offline  
Old 12th Feb 2019, 23:32
  #2 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: West Sussex
Age: 77
Posts: 3,994
Southampton/Eastleigh RAFA Branch , [COLOR=left=#16325c]Master Builder, Swaythling Road West End, Southampton, Hampshire, SO30 3AH, United Kingdom[/COLOR]

[COLOR=left=#16325c]RAFA enquiries tel 01162665224

Short notice but I would think that they[/COLOR] would want to turn out to honour their comrade perhaps with the Standard to dip in salute.

Apologies for gobbledygook, not in the editing version.
Chugalug2 is offline  
Old 13th Feb 2019, 21:40
  #3 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: 5909N 00238W (IATA: SOY, ICAO: EGER)
Age: 75
Posts: 796
More information plus B&W photographs of WW2 aircraft & aircrew
ricardian is offline  
Old 14th Feb 2019, 14:05
  #4 (permalink)  
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Cape Town, ZA
Age: 57
Posts: 67
BBC reports huge turnout: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-47236570

More than 350 people attended the service at the East Chapel, funeral director Paul Capper said.
GordonR_Cape is offline  
Old 14th Feb 2019, 19:37
  #5 (permalink)  
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Baston
Posts: 1,526
Must be dust in the air.

Well done everyone who made this possible, and those who attended.
langleybaston is offline  
Old 15th Feb 2019, 23:05
  #6 (permalink)  
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Alconbury Weston
Age: 58
Posts: 165
While I really admire those who make an effort to give a good send-off, I am always rather sad that these lonely individuals do not see the kindness and camaraderie whilst they are alive. The support charities do such a wonderful job, but do not have the finances or manpower to get to see all these ex-service personnel when they really need it. I wonder of there is any way of identifying these lonely people before they die. However, I think everything that can be done at the moment is being done. and done well, but folks like this gentleman will always fall through the safety net, It still makes me feel sad.
cynicalint is offline  
Old 16th Feb 2019, 11:10
  #7 (permalink)  
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: West Sussex
Age: 77
Posts: 3,994
Easier said than done, cl. They have an irritating habit of self disparagement. Thus their service often only comes to light when they have passed on, having survived their friends and family, thanks to the assiduous efforts of the likes of Paul Capper, George Osborne's undertaker.

Perhaps Mr Osborne would have preferred it this way. His generation was raised on their sense of duty rather than their rights. The tribute of the younger generations as expressed at this funeral acknowledges the debt we owe to Mr Osborne and the millions who served with him. I suspect that would have sufficed for him.
Chugalug2 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.