Fitting tribute for Normandy veteran

The coffin of WWII veteran Ronald Blake, of Parson Cross, is carried into Grenoside Crematorium.
The coffin of WWII veteran Ronald Blake, of Parson Cross, is carried into Grenoside Crematorium.
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With the Last Post playing and his medals proudly on display, the funeral of World War Two hero Ronald Blake provided a fitting tribute.

A crowd of family, friends and army veterans gathered at Grenoside Crematorium to pay their respects to one of the Sheffield lads who braved the Normandy landings in 1944.

World War II veteran Ronald Blake, of Parson Cross

World War II veteran Ronald Blake, of Parson Cross

The stirring sounds of hymn He Who Would Valiant Be - the anthem of his former battalion - filled the church as the Union Jack-draped coffin carrying his beloved beret was carried into the church.

Ronald, who lived in Attercliffe, was 87 when he died at the Northern General Hospital. Tributes were paid by the Sheffield branch of the British Legion, some of whose members attended the funeral along with fellow veteran Cyril Elliott, aged 93.

Ronald’s niece, Carol Hawson, 66, of Bramley, Rotherham, said: “I think the service was just as Uncle Ron would have liked. He’d have been moved.

“Uncle Ron didn’t have children but he had lots of nieces and nephews and we were all really proud of him.

“I used to go with him to the Armistice Day service every year. I’ll not stop.”