Hundreds of mourners are expected to gather at the funeral of former Royal Marine James 'Jimmy' McConnell. He had no relatives, and lived in a care home in Portsmouth.
However, after hearing of Jimmy's death, other armed forces personnel have rallied together to make sure his funeral will be well attended.
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