Funeral to be held in Keynsham for MH17 crash victim Ben Pocock

Published on: 26 Nov 2014

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The funeral of Ben Pocock, the Keynsham student killed in the Malaysian MH17 air crash over Ukraine in July, will be held on Monday, December 1.

Friends and family will be remembering the former St John's Primary and Wellsway pupil at a ceremony at St John's Church in Keynsham at 11am, which will be followed by a private family cremation service.

Ben's parent's Jeremy and Louise said: “The last four months has been a desperate and sad time for us as a family but we are relieved to have been able to bring Ben home and accord him all the love and respect he deserves.” 

Ben was on his way to Australia for a placement at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth for six months. 

He studied International Business at Loughborough University and was on track to secure a First, winning a bursary to help with his travel costs to Australia. 

Ben’s parents said their thoughts would also be with the other passengers of the stricken flight and their families.

They said: “Although we have had a very hard time as a family we are very conscious that there are still nine passengers from the flight that have not yet been identified. Our hearts are with their families and we hope they soon receive the news they are desperately waiting for. 

“The forthcoming funeral is about Ben but we will also wish to remember all the other 297 victims of MH17, especially the 80 children and numerous young adults. They did not deserve to die in such brutal circumstances. 

“We would like to pay tribute to the local community for the support we have received.” 

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