The funeral directors for a World War Two RAF veteran whose funeral might have had no mourners have urged the public to watch a live webcast after the success of an appeal.

The Maida Vale community had appealed for people to attend Flt Sgt Peter Brown’s funeral after the 96-year-old, who lived in Warrington Crescent, died alone with no known family.

But funeral director W Sherry and Sons now says most of the seats at Mortlake Crematorium for the March 29 service have been allocated.

Funeral manager Paul Sutton said: “We have been amazed at the response regarding the appeal for mourners and kindly request that, unless people specifically knew Peter, they watch the live webcast and not turn up to the funeral service.

“We do not wish to upset grieving families for the funerals that are taking place either side of Peter`s service. The chapel only holds 140 and most of these seats are allocated.”

Westminster Council says it is still seeking anyone who is related to Flt Sgt Brown.

Born in Jamaica in 1926, Sgt Brown enlisted in the RAF Volunteer Reserve in September 1943.

He trained as a wireless operator/air gunner and was posted to RAF Scampton.

After the war ended he re-enlisted in the RAF, working as a signaller.

An RAF Spokesperson said that we should “never forget” the sacrifices made by RAF personnel like Flt Sgt Brown.

They added: “Flight Sergeant Brown is an example of the selfless contribution of all Commonwealth personnel who have served throughout the RAF’s history.

“We should never forget their sacrifices which have defended our freedom and kept us safe.”

The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Hamza Taouzzale, said he would attend the service.

He said: “Mr Brown was one of the many servicemen and women who volunteered from the West Indies and across the former colonies to fight for the UK and the World at a time of its greatest need.”

“We owe him – and the many others like him – a huge debt of gratitude. His obvious modesty meant that we did not know of his actions until after his passing.

“Despite extensive efforts, no family members have been traced.

“As the first citizen of Westminster, I shall attend his funeral and I know many others are also taking part. I would ask that you think of him.”

Flt Sgt Peter Brown’s funeral will take place at 12pm on March 29.

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