A final salute from 300 strangers: Royal Marine, 70, with no family gets a grand send-off after vicar rallies mourners on Facebook

A final salute from 300 strangers: Royal Marine, 70, with no family gets a grand send-off after vicar rallies mourners on Facebook

  • James McConnell, of Southsea, Hampshire, died last month at age of 70
  • Care home staff thought they would be only people at Portsmouth funeral
  • But vicar put appeal on Facebook and more than 200 strangers attended
  • Little is known of Marine but he arrived at care home with Falklands photos

They’d never met him and they knew precious little about him.

But hundreds turned out yesterday to mark the passing of a former Royal Marine who died with no known family . . . or friends.

Some travelled hundreds of miles to the funeral of James McConnell in Portsmouth after a local vicar used Facebook to appeal for mourners.

Hero: Former Royal Marine James 'Jimmy' McConnell, of Southsea, Hampshire, died last month aged 70

Finish: The service concluded with two buglers from the Royal Marines Band Service playing the Last Post
Farewell to our brother……………………………………………
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