Tillington church packed for Jack Holloway’s funeral

C072358-1_mid_oct4_jack phot shimmin copy jane 011007'Walk ready - Jack Holloway (87), of Petworth British Legion.C072358-1
C072358-1_mid_oct4_jack phot shimmin copy jane 011007'Walk ready - Jack Holloway (87), of Petworth British Legion.C072358-1

Jack Holloway, The Burma star ex-soldier who started Jack’s Walk and raised more than £30,000 for the Royal British Legion poppy appeal, has died at the age of 91.

The church at Tillington was packed for a service of thanksgiving and the Royal British Legion standard was on parade.

Jack was born in the Upper Lodge at Pitshill House in December, 1919, where his father was chauffeur to Colonel Mitford and his mother worked in the house.

Giving the address at a service of thanksgiving chairman of Petworth Society Peter Jerrome told the congregation: “Jack was Tillington through and through.”

Poppy appeal organiser Mark Tarver told the Observer: “We have lost one of our great stalwarts.”

In October, 1998, Jack, then 79, decided to organise a walk in the Petworth area to collect funds for the poppy appeal.

Accompanied by family and friends he raised £870 on this inaugural occasion.

In the intervening years the walk has become widely known as ‘Jack’s Sponsored Walk’.

“He took part every year until ill health stopped him, but he continued to attend.

It was a measure of the man that even last year he turned out despite failing health to meet the walkers on their return.

‘Jack’s Sponsored Walk’ meant so much to him and will continue to bear his name.

It will be held again this October – and every October.

“We will remember him.”