‘Farewell to one of Baldock’s quiet heroes’ – Family, friends and Legion members pay tribute to D-Day veteran and Poppy Appeal stalwart Frank Hooton
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An emotional farewell was paid yesterday to a D-Day veteran and Poppy Appeal mainstay from Baldock who has died aged 90.
St Mary’s Church was the venue for the funeral of Frank Hooton, who was on one of the landing craft dropping Royal Marines on Sword Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
Family and friends were joined by a contingent from the Royal British Legion’s Baldock branch, which Frank had joined when it re-formed in 2006.
His flag-draped coffin was led in by the branch standard, carried by Al Hayhurst, and saluted by Legion members at the church door.
A Legion spokesman described Frank to the Comet as ‘one of Baldock’s quiet heroes’. He had tirelessly collected for the Poppy Appeal outside Tesco.
Rev Andrew Holford led the service, with eulogies read by Frank’s son-in-law John Edmunds and the Legion’s county chaplain Rev Tony Ruffell.
Frank’s London origins, working life and service to the nation were stressed – as were his love of dancing, his achievements in life and, most of all, his love for his family.
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The service was followed by a gathering at the Orange Tree pub, which was filled with the exchange of happy memories about Frank and his life.
Donations in Frank’s memory can be made to the Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
For more about the Legion’s Baldock branch, see facebook.com/rblbaldock.