Thomas Barton, a war veteran from West Green, died at the age of 95 on July 5.
His daughter-in-law Sandra Barton, from Ifield, said: “He was an extraordinary man. He was very proud and I feel proud to have known him.”
He served in the force from 1939 to 1946.
Thomas Barton is pictured, centre, with friends during an armed forces day.