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Funeral held for wartime RAF navigator John Clare

Funeral held for wartime RAF navigator John Clare

Francis Batt

Funeral held for wartime RAF navigator John Clare

An RAF bugler played the Last Post at the graveside of John Burridge Clare on Friday.

More than 100 mourners attended the funeral at St Edward's church, Alma Road, of the 89-year-old wartime RAF navigator who went on to become a popular warden at Windsor Castle and green coat at Ascot Racecourse.

The coffin was draped in a Union flag as it entered the church to Elgar's Enigma Variation 9, Nimrod, - the same church where the great grandfather of three had married his wife Sheila 60 years earlier.

The RAF March Past played as the service ended. Father Michael Morrissey officiated and the Air Training Corps sent a Standard bearer.

There was a private interment at Spital, where an RAF bugler played the Last Post at the graveside.

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