Long-standing Royal British Legion man dies

Gordon Charlton
Gordon Charlton

A long-standing member and honorary president of a branch of the Royal British Legion in north Northumberland has died, aged 87.

Gordon Charlton was president of the Amble and Warkworth branch for four years, and was secretary for 15.

A stalwart of the community, he worked hard to support the Legion for many years.

Gordon, who leaves a widow Alma, suffered a fall in December which led to him contracting pneumonia.

He died on December 23.

Gordon was in the Legion for 24years.

Prior to retiring to Warkworth, he was in the RAF.

Jeff Watson, chairman, of the Amble and Warkworth Royal British Legion branch, said: “He always helped with the poppy appeal collection and was part of the team who counted, bagged and banked the money.

“As recently as last May he went on a three-day trip with the branch to the National Arboretum and RAF Cosford which he thoroughly enjoyed and he always supported social and fund-raising events.”

“When he retired as secretary he was unanimously elected as honorary president, this was because of the loyalty and work he had done in the previous 20 years.”

Gordon’s funeral was held on Monday at St Lawrence’s Church in Warkworth.

Jeff Watson addressed the congregation, which included members of the branch, along with members of the village choir and church choir, both of which Gordon was a member.

Following the service, a buffet lunch was provided to members of the choirs and Royal British Legion members.