‘OVER 100 people turned up to the funeral of a man they never knew – to make sure the former Marine was not buried without mourners.
James “Jimmy” McConnell, who was in his eighties and recently suffered a stroke, died of a chest infection after spending his last days at a care home in Southsea, Hants.
With no known relatives to give him a good send-off, care home staff feared he would be buried with nobody but them in attendance.
But after a rallying cry went around social networking sites, scores of people who had never even met him turned up.
Mourners included veterans, members of the military and care workers – and some came from as far as 140 miles away.
Two buglers from the Royal Marines band service played the Last Post as the plain, wooden coffin was lowered into the ground.
Richie Puttock, operations manager for the Royal Marines Association, said the appeal had “pricked the consciences” of many serving and former marines who were determined to ensure a former comrade in arms was buried with respect.
“Every other royal marine is your brother and will be until the day you die. So although he didn’t have blood family, that didn’t mean he didn’t have another family,” Puttock told AFP. source
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