Homeless ex-soldier, 82, dies hours after being evicted from squat in Manchester city centre

The man, known only as George, was taken to Salford Royal by other homeless ex-serviceman and passed away with them at his bedside

A homeless ex-soldier aged 82 died hours after he was evicted from a city centre squat.

Known only as George, he is believed to have passed away from bronchial pneumonia, a support group for veterans has revealed. He had been living in a disused building in Manchester with 12 other homeless ex-servicemen before they were all evicted.

His ‘band of brothers’ walked with him to Salford Royal Hospital after he was taken ill and he died with four of them at his bedside.

Salford Armed Forces Veterans Network (SAFVN), which is in contact with the group, say they know little about George, but said his death was a damning indictment on support services available for homeless ex-service personnel across the country.

Read more here: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/homeless-ex-soldier-82-dies-10458191

 

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5 thoughts on “Homeless ex-soldier, 82, dies hours after being evicted from squat in Manchester city centre

  1. Reblogged this on campertess and commented:
    What harm are they doing in a disused building. As an ex-serviceman & also the fact that he was 82 years old he should be looked after by the government. Beware all those soldiers doing Westminsters dirty work you might be fighting for your country the now but you won’t be looked after when you are no longer any use.

  2. We go from Remembrance Parades, with all the money and the political hype, and the obligatory Poppy Wearing, to the reality of the UK and it’s ex-service personnel. It also speaks volumes for the humanity and compassion of the ordinary guy, those with nothing, still had love for their fellow man. We have to stop the stratification of the UK into the shirkers & strivers, the homeowners vs the renting, the working poor against the unwaged, and realise that if it ever needed to be said, WE are all in this together, but as The Ordinary Guy said in one of his letters to Cameron, “We can’t afford the Rich”. That is where we should draw the dividing line, not between the smaller groups that are being told to fight over the crumbs. I hope George passed peacefully, surrounded by those who cared. It’s all we ever want, essentially. He should have been in his own bed in his own home, though, but perhaps he preferred the company to being isolated with a flying 15 minute “care package” delivered daily.

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