Widow of Guardsman receive grant for husbands burial

A grant of £500 was made towards funeral costs for a 71-year-old widow of a Guardsman who completed his National Service in the 1950s. The veteran’s family of 10 (eight children) had struggled to care for the former soldier who suffered from a number of physical disabilities and alcoholism. The family had been forced to move from their council accommodation once because it was no longer fit to live in, and had received support from service charities to furnish new accommodation. The death of the veteran substantially decreased the benefits provided to care for the former soldier’s family, and the family’s ability to give their father a decent burial.