Veterans

Oswald Dixon: Hundreds Attend 100-Year-Old RAF Veteran's Funeral

Former RAF serviceman Oswald Dixon passed away in September.

Hundreds of people have travelled from across the UK to attend the funeral service for a former Royal Air Force serviceman.

Oswald Dixon was 100 years old when he died on 25 September at Broughton House, where he had been living since May 2015.

He had no living relatives in the United Kingdom, and Broughton House invited people to attend the service.

Speaking to Forces News at the ceremony, Chris Lindsay, CEO of Broughton House was pleased with the turnout following his open call.

"Today has been a real fitting send-off for Oswald Dixon."

Among those who responded to the appeal were 34 Squadron RAF Regiment and cadets who formed a guard of honour as the coffin was carried into the chapel.

Oswald Dixon (Image: Broughton House)
Veteran Oswald Dixon had served in the RAF (Picture: Broughton House).

"I am here to represent the Air Force," said Wing Commander Steve Chaskin, Officer Commanding, 611 Squadron.

"We try to attend as many of the funerals of our veterans as we can, and Oswald was known to us with his residency at Broughton House," he added.

"It is to recognise his service and mark his passing."

Originally from Jamaica, he joined the RAF in Kingston in November 1944 to become a flight mechanic and moved to Britain during the Second World War.

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A large crowd gathered outside the church at Mr Dixon's funeral.

Mr Dixon was a Leading Aircraftman and remained in service teaching new recruits until he retired.

"In the paper it said he had no family, and you cannot let him just fade away, because we are all fading away... it respects at the end of the day," said veteran, James Cocker.

Mr Oswald had received birthday greetings from the Queen earlier this year when he turned 100.

At his birthday celebration he said he was proud to reach the milestone adding: "I have always tried to live life as it should be lived, by doing the right things for other people."