Ex-paratrooper Doug Taffs will lay to rest with family in one of Bexley’s first sarcophagi at Erith cemetery

by Tim MacFarlan, reporter

Doug Taffs served as a paratrooper in the Middle East, the Far East, South America and Northern Ireland, so he can be forgiven for wanting a peaceful resting place when he passes on.

The 70-year-old wanted to be laid to rest close to where he was born in Bexleyheath, but didn’t fancy being buried or cremated.

So he was delighted when Erith Cemetery, which had been closed to fresh earthen burials for 20 years, opened its new memorial terrace this summer.

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