HM Armed Forces Veterans Hearse

Using an Open-Top Bier Drawn by a Black Range Rover

About This Unique Service and Why I Do Not Charge

The closest there is to conveying a coffin on a horse drawn gun carriage, as used at state and ceremonial funerals. This unique method of honouring our military veterans in a procession to their place of interment will leave a lasting memory for family, friends and comrades attending.

A black Range Rover draws a black custom-built open-top bier on which the veteran's coffin rests draped by a large Union flag especially made for this service by the flag maker to HM Queen Elizabeth II, as in the above photograph, and the British Armed Forces Tri-service crest is displayed on the rear passenger doors of the vehicle. I have received praise for this service from both the Royal British Legion and my local member of Parliament. We used this service for my own late father-in-law's funeral, pictured below.

I deem it an honour to convey a veteran to their place of interment on behalf of a family, and for that reason I cannot accept payment in return for this service. Instead I ask that a charitable donation is made in the veteran's memory to Torbay Bikers for Kids who raise funds to help improve the lives and education of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Torbay and the surrounding area. So far some 140 children have been helped by donations, some of whom had a parent and/or grandparent in the British Armed Forces.

The funeral of a WW2 Veteran, late of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, with British Legion flag bearers in attendance
at Torquay Cemetery in June 2018, with my open-top bier being used