Reginald Tegg will be buried tomorrow (Picture: Solent)

A D-Day veteran who helped clear minefields planted by the Nazis may not get the send-off he deserves. War hero Reginald ‘Reg’ Tegg urgently needs guests at his funeral, which is taking place tomorrow, after he died aged 101 at a nursing home with no friends. Military association Solent and District Branch Royal Engineers is hoping his heroic story will help convince people to show up to Portchester Crematorium, near Fareham, Hampshire, at 11.15am for his service. Mr Tegg, a Sapper with the Royal Engineers, died in Sarisbury Green, near Southampton, on September 22. The veteran was part of the first wave to land on Gold Beach during the pivotal invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 – six days before his 26th birthday. Under constant fire, he was tasked with clearing the beach of Nazi mines and was later awarded France’s highest military honour for bravery – the Légion D’honneur.

Reginald Tegg with a card from the Queen on his 100th birthday (Picture: Solent)

Mr Tegg also survived the annihilation of his unit- 232 Field Company – during the siege of Tobruk, North Africa, before clearing a minefield at night ahead of the pivotal victory at El Alamein, in Egypt. Amphibious invasions of Sicily and Salerno in Italy followed before returning to the UK with the 50th Northumbrian division to take part in D-Day. He bravely fought through the rest of the war before being released from duty in 1946, returning home and spending the rest of his working life as a gardener. Retired Corporal Mark Stevens, chairman of the Solent and District Branch Royal Engineers Association, said: ‘I sadly never had the chance to meet Reg. But as soon as I heard he had died I knew we had to do something.

Reg Tegg pictured during the Second World War Picture: Solent)

Ret Cpl Stevens, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, added: ‘Reg’s generation – the greatest generation – is now very few in number. These guys were willing, without a moment’s hesitation, to put themselves in the firing line to save their country and the world from Nazism. ‘It’s vitally important we remember them.’ A few hundred people have already responded to a Facebook plea to attend the funeral and pay tribute to Mr Tregg. He is survived by his daughter Mandy, three grandchildren – Ashley, 22, Nathan, 21, and Marshall, 16 – wife Mary, 86, and nephew Martin Oates, 55.

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