Benjamin Boocock's funeral

The last of them: World War Two veteran Benjamin Boocock is laid to rest in Leeds

The last survivor of a WW2 artillery regiment was laid to rest in Leeds today after his death at the age of 98.

Benjamin Boocock, from Bramhope, served with the Royal Regiment of Artillery's West Riding Gunners from 1939 until 1946, seeing action in Iceland, Nigeria, Burma and India and rising to the rank of sergeant. He was the last man from his unit still alive, and was buried today at St John's Church in Adel with military honours and in front of current and retired service personnel. His coffin was borne on a field gun carriage towed by an army jeep. In 2017, Mr Boocock had contacted 269 (West Riding) Battery of the Royal Artillery to ask them to take possession of his war diaries after his death. The veteran had ensured his former comrades had all been buried with the Union Jack when they died and hoped for the same honour himself. Mr Boocock was one of Leeds' last remaining WW2 veterans and he attended the Remembrance Sunday parade in November 2018. He is survived by his wife Audrey, with whom he had three children. He worked as a master tailor after the war.

Benjamin is survived by his widow and their three children

5. A moving service

Benjamin is survived by his widow and their three children
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Current and former service personnel attended the funeral

6. Past and present

Current and former service personnel attended the funeral
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Representatives of the Royal Artillery were in attendance

7. Standard bearer

Representatives of the Royal Artillery were in attendance
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Benjamin's coffin was draped in the Union Jack

8. A fitting tribute

Benjamin's coffin was draped in the Union Jack
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