Will you go along to an old soldier’s funeral in Barnstaple on Monday?
All are welcome to give an Ilfracombe old soldier a good send off at his funeral in Barnstaple on Monday.
Former Royal Marine Roger Mason-Scott died on May 21 aged 70, but no one knows how to contact his remaining family.
Instead, fellow members of Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir and the Royal Marines at RMB Chivenor are doing all they can to give him a respectable send off.
Anyone who would like to pay their respects is welcome to go along to North Devon Crematorium in Barnstaple on Monday at 3.40pm.
L Clarke & Sons Funeral Directors in Braunton contacted Chivenor chaplain Reverend Philip Waites to ask if he would conduct the service and those at RMB Chivenor immediately offered to help.
The coffin will be draped with a Royal Marine Corps flag and as well as marines plus the North Devon Royal Marines Association, it is hoped some of the Military Wives Choir can attend.
Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir will be singing three pieces at the service, in accordance with Mr Mason-Scott’s will.
It will not be a full military funeral but Rev Waites said he had wanted to get as many people there as possible for Mr Mason-Scott’s final journey.
“As soon as I found out he was a royal, the tradition of how we look after our Royal Marines and service personnel kicked in,” said Rev Waites.
“I wanted to ensure that I could get this gentleman the respect he should warrant.”
Mr Mason-Scott was born in Swansea and later attended Brighton Grammar School before joining the marines. It is thought he moved to Ilfracombe in 1975 and he joined the choir some 30 years ago.
He took time out to work on a local fishing boat called the Elizabeth with ‘Jim the Fish’ but rejoined the choir about seven years ago.
Fellow choir member Leonard Rumson said they go on ‘like a house on fire’, but Mr Mason-Scott was a very private person who said little about his life.
He moved to Ilfracombe to join his mother there and is believed to have run the Bastille pub for a time, as well as helping her at Stoneleigh Hotel.
When she became blind before her death, he became her full time carer.