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Last survivor of Lusitania buried today.

The last survivor of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 will be buried in the Midlands today.

Yvonne Pugh, aged 92, was six years old when the Cunard liner was sunk by a German U-boat on May 7 1915 and 1,200 people lost their lives.

Her father, Joseph Marichal, managed to swim to shore while his wife and three children were rescued by a fishing boat. Mr Marichal died a year later fighting in the First World War.

Mrs Pugh, who had lived in Hereford for the past 20 years, was known as Eve. Her funeral will take place at Hereford Crematorium.

She married Eric Vincent Pugh, whose father was High Sheriff, a magistrate and businessman in Worcester.

In the Second World War, Mr Pugh became an army captain and he was killed in France on D-Day and is buried in Normandy.

The couple's daughter, Rita, was seven at the time - the same age Eve when she lost her father.

In the years that followed, Eve made many friends in Herefordshire, including the late actress Noele Gordon, star of the original Crossroads soap.
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