In pictures: Touching send off for Hartlepool veteran as community pays respects

Veterans united in Hartlepool to pay their respects to a Second World War soldier.

Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 10:01 am
Updated Tuesday, 30th April 2019, 10:05 am
Thomas Robb, known as Tom, who died at the age of 99.

Thomas Robb, who was known as Tom, died earlier this month at the age of 99. He served in the Second World War with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, serving in the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944. Tom’s funeral took place at Stranton Crematorium on Monday, with members of armed forces organisations from across the region in attendance. Here are our pictures from the beautiful service.

Former army veterans stand at attention at the funeral of Thomas Robb.
The family of Tom Robb arrive for the funeral service.

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Tom served in France, Africa, the Middle East and Italy.
Tom earned a host of medals during his service.
Tom's funeral took place at Stranton Crematorium.
Armed forces organisations from across Teesside carried standards at the funeral.
Organisations represented at the funeral includedHartlepool Royal Air Force Association and Hartlepool Royal Engineers.
Green Howards, Coldstream Guards Association and Royal Army Service Corps are also represented.
Tom's daughter Janet said her father would have been proud of the send off.
Janet said: He was very modest and would never have expected it.
Veterans from across the North East attended to pay their respects.
Tom's coffin was carried into the chapel to Magic Moments by Perry Como.
Standard bearers lower their standards as army veteran Tom Robb's coffin is carried into Stranton Crematorium.
David Stacey, of Hartlepool RAFA, helped organise the funeral.
David said: Tom was a special man, he served his country so various veterans organisations came out to recognise what he did.
A bugler plays during the funeral service of Army veteran Tom Robb held at Stranton Crematorium.
Recognising Tom's dedication and work at the funeral service.
Remembering Tom at Stranton Crematorium.
Reverend Margaret Robb waits to take the funeral service of her dad.
The cortege of army veteran Tom Robb arrives at Stranton Crematorium.
In tribute to Tom.
Tom often spoke to his cihldren and grandchildren about the war.
May he rest in peace.
Tom was very principled and generous, always there for others.