A veteran of the RAF without a surviving family must be "flown" after a photo album has revealed an incredible life.
Two friends of George Osborne were the only guests to attend his funeral Thursday.
They handed an album found in the home of this 96-year-old man to a funeral director, who realized that Mr. Osborne had led a colorful life that also included a spell as a master d & rsquo; Queen Mary Hotel.
Hundreds are now expected to serve in Southampton.
Funeral director Paul Capper said it was "a moment of antiquity" when he saw for the first time the photos that "do not look like". had been seen by anyone for 70 years ".
"Looking at the album, it turned out that it was, according to the RAF Museum in London, a flagman of the Bomber Command Air Crew," he said.
"It would be criminal for there to be only two people at his funeral."
The album also revealed that Mr. Osborne, who had never married, was prime contractor on the Queen Mary and the former Southampton Park Hotel.
Capper issued a Facebook call to urge people to "swell ranks and send this brave hero who does not have a family a proper flight".
He stated that he had never experienced such a "phenomenal" response to a call from his 35 year old funeral director.
"It is a veteran who has done so much – a man so calm and private – and only now – like so many veterans – do you hear of their exploits and their courageous conduct to our advantage," he added.
Mr Capper, Eastleigh's independent funeral director, said Mr Osborne would arrive at the Southampton crematorium accompanied by a motorcycle escort.
"He will have a good start," he added.
Mr. Osborne died at the hospital last month and his funeral takes place at the East Chapel of the Crematorium at 0945 GMT.