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Final farewell to one battling soldier

PUBLISHED: 11:01 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 11 August 2010

HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to pay their final respects to Barry Robinson, the ex-soldier who lost his brave battle with cancer last month. The chapel at Forest Park Cemetery in Hainault was packed on Thursday for a touching celebration of his life. B

HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to pay their final respects to Barry Robinson, the ex-soldier who lost his brave battle with cancer last month.

The chapel at Forest Park Cemetery in Hainault was packed on Thursday for a touching celebration of his life.

Barry, 62, of Claridge Road, Dagenham, was a well known figure through his long military career and work with the Army Cadets Force and Dagenham Rugby Club.

And he became something of a celebrity when the POST campaigned to raise money to pay for his bowel cancer treatment last year.

Thanks to generous readers he was able to raise £15,000 to pay for a drug that had been refused by Barking and Dagenham NHS.

The service was conducted by Rev Marie-Louise Whitcombe, Barry's younger sister.

Rev Stephen Normanton delivered the eulogy. He said: "Barry was a proper bloke; big, strong and tough, but also with a high sense of duty, discipline, loyalty and decency.

"Order and discipline were watchwords in his life, and such qualities are those that gain respect, and that is the reason why so many of you are here today."

Moving tributes were paid by some of Barry's old comrades from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, with whom he did 22 years' service.

There was laughter as they recounted amusing anecdotes which demonstrated Barry's famous sense of humour.

Mark Randall, chairman of Dagenham Rugby Club, also spoke on behalf of his fellow players.

The distinctive red and white plumes of the Royal Fusiliers and the red and white ties of Dagenham Rugby Club were well represented among the mourners.

As Barry was buried in brilliant afternoon sunshine a bugler sounded the Last Post, two Royal Fusilier standard bearers lowered their flags, and his regimental colleagues saluted him in a final farewell.


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