A FORMER Bradley man who served in the Royal Navy in the Second World War has died at the age of 93.

Harry Smith sold poppies door-to-door for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in the village where he was born and bred for more than 40 years.

He had moved to Cambridge to be near his daughter Heather seven years ago and his funeral was held in the city.

During the war Mr Smith served aboard the destroyer HMS Eskimo, taking part in the D-Day landings, on the Atlantic convoys and in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka.

He married Elsie Greenwood, of Haworth, and the couple lived in Bradley, apart from the first two years of their marriage, all their married lives. Elsie died at the age of just 41.

For most of his working life, Mr Smith was a driver and chauffeur for various local firms, and for a period regularly drove a doctor in Cross Hills on his round of appointments.

As well as being an enthusiastic member of the Royal Naval Association, Mr Smith was a regular part of the congregation at St Mary's Church, Bradley. In his youth he was a keen footballer and also greatly enjoyed his hobby of dry stone walling.