Funeral plea for honoured hero Robert

Robert Argyle, deceased
Robert Argyle, deceased

Friends of a decorated war veteran who died last month are hoping ex-services organisations in Eastbourne will help give him the send off he deserves.

Bomber Command pilot Robert Argyle passed away on November 27 aged 92.

He lived in supported housing at St Clement’s Court in Framfield Way.

But with no family locally and his funeral booked for next week – Thursday December 12 at 2pm at Eastbourne Crematorium – his friends and carers hope the community will come forward and he will have a funeral fitting for a war hero.

Shirley Duker, manager at Anchor Housing, said, “Robert was a lovely man and had such a wonderful life and we all feel he should be given a good send-off. We think he might have family in Canada where he is originally from and we are trying to trace them but his funeral is next Thursday and we want it to be a good turn out.”

Robert hailed from Ottawa but was sent to England to be educated and later joined the RAF.

He trained and became a Bomber pilot flying from airfields in Lincolnshire and completed the required 30 raids over Germany.

After the war Robert went to Burma to fight the Japanese and at some time during the Cold War he acted as a courier for the Vatican in order to take information and financial support to the Polish Roman Catholic Church which was at the time being persecuted by the Communist regime.

Returning to a civilian lifestyle, Robert became a personal assistant to a tycoon in international finance and travelled the world with him.

He later moved to St Clement’s Court where he had many friends. Neighbour Philip Lester said, “I was very honoured to have known Robert.”

Any ex-services association wishing to volunteer their services at Robert’s funeral can contact Shirley on 638045.

See Looking Back for Robert’s story.