Church asked strangers to attend Welsh soldier's funeral

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Church Asked Strangers to Welsh Soldier's Funeral

Former Welsh Guard Harold Morgan, who reportedly had no next of kin, likely wouldn't have had anyone at his funeral -- that is, until a church in Wales posted to its Facebook page that anyone and everyone was invited.

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What would have been a small gathering for the 85-year-old man turned into a massive one, with reports saying that there were around 100 or more attendees.

CBS reports: "So many showed up they had to gather outside the church."

According to ITV, "The church was full and a small crowd even gathered outside, listening in the rain."

"It was extremely moving in there, most people didn't know him," said a man who appeared to be a fellow guard.

A military piper came to play the Welsh national anthem as the casket was carried, police had to help with parking and a florist even gave a display for free, Wales Online reports.

One attendee told Wales Online: "I never knew the guy, but it just means ... more to the Welsh guards than you can think."

The BBC spoke with one of the few who knew him personally -- a caregiver named Rachel Kemp at a home Morgan had been living in:

"Harold was a very private gentleman, had a wicked sense of humor."

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