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Funeral for war veteran killed in car accident.

THE funeral of an 89-year-old former prisoner of war will take place next week.

Reg Cleaver, from The Crescent, Brinklow, died on Friday October 28 when his car hit a tree on Brandon Lane, Brandon.

Reg, aged 89, joined the RAF when he turned 18. In 1943 he was shot down near Cologne and spent five weeks on the run before he was captured by the S and sent to the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp. He was kept in prison until the end of the war when he was freed by Allied troops.

Recently, Reg often held talks on his war experiences and two years ago he completed his first parachute jump, raising thousands of pounds for the Alzheimer's Society.

His funeral with military honours will be held on Thursday from 12pm at St John the Baptist Church, in Broad Street, Brinklow. It will be followed by a private cremation service for the family. Paying tribute to him last week his family said: "He enjoyed life every day and his enthusiasm, excitement and vigour was inspirational to those people with whom he came into contact."

Reg is survived by his wife of 64 years Betty, son Rob, daughter Jan, three grandchildren and great granddaughter Millie.

The family have requested family flowers only but requested for donations to be made to British Red Cross whose food parcels were of a great help to Reg during WW2 or the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 12, 2011
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