You may recall from my last email about Peter Pickard who passed away aged 74 in the Bristol Royal Infirmary 29th December 2017, with no family or friends to claim his body. The local authority are now arranging a basic funeral.
The following message from Lt Col (Retd) Mike Motum sums up the support that is shown to our ex serving soldiers within the Association:
Earlier today I was amongst a very large number that attended the service, at Westbury-on-Trym Crematorium, of Mr Peter ‘Pixie’ Pickard. Peter was given an outstanding send off. The RBL in Bristol deserve our thanks for getting the word out having been contacted by Bristol City Council. RBL had a large number of Standards present and the Regimental Forest of Dean Standard was invited to lead. The service was led by a Humanist Funeral Celebrant, named Claire; she did a first rate job.
The Chapel was full. Military and regimental support was evident through: two Lt Col staff officers, in uniform, from Abbey Wood; a strong cohort from 6 RIFLES in No 2 Dress; many former Glosters; Colonel Tim Harper (former CO 7 RIFLES); a large number of former servicemen and women; RBL bikers; and, a good number of civilians who knew Peter Pickard from his life long association with Bristol. There were some flowers and two wreaths (one being from our Association) placed within the garden following the service. With respect to the coffin the Grand Union was draped together with a No 1 Dress hat and belt, flowers and a Glosters scarf. The Association will arrange for his name to be placed in Bristol’s Book of Remembrance.
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