The kindness of strangers

Hundreds of mourners are expected to gather at the funeral of a man they never knew. Former Royal Marine - James 'Jimmy' McConnell has no relatives, but other armed forces personnel have rallied together to make sure he has a well attended send-off.

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A fitting send off after Facebook appeal

They came to send off a stranger - and they came in their hundreds. Today mourners attended the burial of James MConnell who died of a chest infection. The former Royal Marine had no family and faced a lonely burial - that was until the local vicar sent out a Facebook plea.

Word spread around the armed forces community and - as Sally Simmonds reports - the 70 year old from Southsea wasn't let down.

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