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GALLERY: Funeral for war vet Leslie Norris held in Collier Row

PUBLISHED: 18:00 27 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:02 27 September 2013

The funeral of Leslie John Norris SBSt.J, B.E.M

The funeral of Leslie John Norris SBSt.J, B.E.M "Ginger" at Ascention Church in Collier Row. His two sons Colin and Ian carried the coffin

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Hundreds turned out yesterday for the funeral of a highly decorated war veteran who founded an air squadron and always had a joke for everyone.

Leslie Norris, 86, of Defoe Way, Collier Row received the British Empire Medal for his services to the 444 Squadron of the Air Training Corps which he founded in 1941.

His funeral was held at Parish Church of the Ascension, Collier Row Road, Collier Row.

Speaking before the funeral, his son Ian, 51, of Dagenham, said: “Everywhere he went he got involved.

“He was always telling jokes and he was the sort of person you would stand behind the queue of in Asda and you’d be put on the Christmas card list.

“He was never one to sit still and did lots of charity and voluntary work.”

Mr Norris married his wife Joyce, who died almost exactly six years ago, in 1952 at a church in Shoreditch and the couple renewed their vows exactly 50 years later.

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