An RAF hero has died in Salford with no surviving family - so who will come and pay tribute at his funeral?
Walter Bentley's modesty hid an heroic past. In later life he was a slightly built, self-effacing man, who lived in a semi-detached house in Salford. He worked at the CWS furniture factory on Dumers Lane in Radcliffe - and later as a bus driver forSalford City Transport. His hobby was building model railway engines. Few knew of his courage in the heat of one of the most notorious battles of the Second World War. He didn't like 'fuss'. Now Flying Officer Walter Bentley RAF has died, aged 97. His funeral will take place at Agecroft Cemetery at 1pm on Monday, December 10. Walter has no surviving family and only a handful of friends. It is hoped his home city will show its thanks and respect for a man who put his life on the line to defend his country, playing a part in one of the major clashes of the war. Aged just 21, Walter was called up for military service in 1942.