Chris Usher’s Funeral was today, Thursday 20th February 2014, here are funeral pictures, plus photos of the KOYLI in which he served.

It was a sad occasion that Chris had left us, but in the same breath I must state that the number of his comrades and his family and friends filled the church.

There was a Guard of Honour with the Association Colours of the KOYLI, which Chris always carried and other Colours, Colin Ward was the I/C Colour Guard, who brought us to attention as the horse driven carriage reached the church gates, Chris’s male relatives carried the coffin up the rickety ancient path, I could see the heart ache in their faces as they carried Chris’s coffin

As the pallbearers entered the church the sound of the Light Infantry Buglers and band played the beautiful sound of ‘High on a Hill’, Chris had requested this on instructions he left with his daughter Angela, as he was the one who wanted a horse driven hearse, he knew he was dying, so he put his affairs in order.

The church was packed by the time we went in, a lovely Catholic service was given by Father David Letheridge, a kindly man, who  talked of Chris’s life in great detail, the coffin was draped with the Union Jack and the KOYLI Association Colours belonging to Pete Bate. After the service in the church, Pete and I departed to the Thurnscoe Cemetery, where we had been a few times with Chris and standard bearer colours,  and with Pete playing the bugle.

It was sometime later  that the family arrived at the graveside, then the limousine hearse arrived with the flowers, of which I photographed, it was a dramatic moment, when we heard the horses hooves as they cantered down the old road towards us, the plumes on the horses heads, waving around in the wind, the lady hearse driver in full command of the horses.

Colin Ward in charge of the Guard of Honour brought the standard bearers to attention, as Chris was carried to the graveside, he was lowered into the empty grave with priest blessing the coffin as it was being lowered, there was a great deal of crying from Chris’s family, as they finally knew Chris was going to Heaven, he would now be free from the pain.

Pete played a faultless Last Post, as the spirit rests, the standards are lowered, after one minute, Pete played the KOYLI Reveille, the standards are raised,where the spirit re-asserts itself into the new world, in Chris’s case Heaven, God Bless mate, you were the best, your mate Les Parkin.


More funeral photos plus photos of his time in the KOYLI.


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