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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Facebook plea brings hundreds to stranger's funeral

Hundreds attend funeral former Royal Marine James McConnell Credit: Press Association Images

Over two hundred strangers attend the funeral of former Royal Marine James McConnell after a vicar put out a plea on Facebook amid fears that he would be buried without mourners. The 70-year-old died at a care home in Southsea, Hampshire, and he did not have any close family.

A vicar put out a Facebook plea asking for mourners to attend Credit: Press Association Images
The Last Post was sounded as part of a military procession Credit: Press Association Images

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