Final salute raised for Sheffield war veteran

Pictured is 91 years old WW2 Veteran Fred Powell of Grassington Way,Chapeltown
Pictured is 91 years old WW2 Veteran Fred Powell of Grassington Way,Chapeltown
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Old soldiers formed a guard of honour to give a final send-off to Sheffield Burma Star veteran and Remembrance Parade organiser Fred Powell.

The 92-year-old president of Sheffield Joint Council of Ex Service Associations died at the Northern General Hospital after breaking his leg last month.

The Funeral of Fred Powell,President of Sheffield Joint Council of Ex Service Associations and Burma Star Veteran at Grenoside Crematorium

The Funeral of Fred Powell,President of Sheffield Joint Council of Ex Service Associations and Burma Star Veteran at Grenoside Crematorium

Fred, also chairman of the local Burma Star Association, served in World War Two in the Royal Signals and was involved in the pivotal Battle of Kohima in 1944 which stopped the Japanese advancing into India.

Family, friends and war veterans proudly wearing their berets and medals gathered for Fred’s funeral at Grenoside Crematorium.

His coffin, draped with the Royal Signals Corps flag and his war medals, was carried into the chapel as the armed forces contingent stood to attention.

A family reading, given by humanist preacher Carol Parker, told how Fred loved to play the piano and accordion, and go dancing with Dora, his wife of 64 years who died in 2004.

“Fred was friendly, outgoing and gregarious, a loyal, loving and wonderful man,” his family said.

Meanwhile, Vince McDonagh, secretary of the joint council, recalled how Fred would ‘put all his energy into everything he ever did’.

Fred, who had various jobs over the years including working as a policeman and in steelworks, was also in the Royal Signals Territorial Army, based at Manor Top, and served as a ‘no nonsense’ magistrate.

He became chairman of the veterans’ joint council in 1986 and was most recently its president.

Some of Fred’s own words, which he had written himself, were read out. He described himself as ‘quite a lucky man to have lived and felt the warmth and love I have had at all times’.