Monday 9th March 

Ex Royal Anglian Funeral


The Royal British Legion - Felixstowe Branch were contacted by a local authority and notified of the sad passing of an ex-soldier from The Royal Anglian Regiment, he had no known family and we were asked to help. Andrew 'Paddy' McGowen served in 5 Platoon, 1st Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment, The Vikings, during the 1980s and '90s.

Over 50 motorcycles escorted 'Paddy' on his final journey to Ipswich Crematorium on Monday 9th March. 

Representatives from many organisations gathered to give 'Paddy' the send off he deserves. 

His send off was arranged free of charge by David Button funeral directors after the Royal British Legion in Felixstowe found out Paddy was due a 'paupers funeral' as he had died alone and without family at the age of just 53.

David Button, owner of the funeral directors, is also a former Viking and said: 'When the Legion got in contact I wanted to make sure we gave Paddy a proper send off and the response has been amazing with so many people offering help.'