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St Dunstan's: Henry Allingham's funeral plans

In accordance with the wishes of Henry's family, a family funeral with military honours will take place at 12pm on Thursday 30th July at St Nicholas' Church, Dyke Road, Brighton. The MoD and St Dunstan's, who cared for Henry at their Centre in Ovingdean, have been assisting in the arrangements for this and in ensuring that Henry is given a fitting tribute.

Many people have expressed an interest in paying their respects and have sent thoughtful and touching messages of condolence. As the church has limited capacity, places are to be restricted to invited guests. However, there will be opportunities for members of the public to be involved:

Lining the route

We would welcome people lining the route to pay respects as the funeral cortege passes. The hearse will set out from St Dunstan's Centre, Ovingdean at 11.15 am taking the route to Marine Parade past the pier onto King's Road. It will then turning North onto West Street, past the clock tower and onto Dyke Road, before making the final journey to the church.

At the Church

There will be a screen erected in the church grounds to enable people to watch the service and participate from outside the church. Please be in place by 11.30am to minimise any disruption to the Service

Media Coverage

The event will be covered by local and national media, with key regional and national outlets due to broadcast the event live.


Rather than flowers, the family has nominated two charities which people can donate to in memory of Henry:

·St Dunstan's - call 0300 111 2233 or, make donation at
www.st-dunstans.org.uk/donate or leave a tribute to Henry online at

·The Dark Horse Venture, UK registered charity 328662, T: 0151 256 8866

Book of Condolence

St Dunstan's will hold a book of condolence in the chapel at their Ovingdean Centre. The book will be available to the public to sign on 23rd, 24th and 27th July between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

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