Hundreds turn out for funeral of Royal Marine after Facebook plea

More than 200 strangers attended the funeral in Portsmouth of a former Royal Marine – after a vicar put out a plea on Facebook, amid fears he would be buried without mourners.

RMFuneralPortsmouthJames McConnell died last month at the age of 70 and staff at his care home in Southsea thought they would be the only people at his funeral as he didn’t have any close family.

But after Reverend Bob Mason posted a message on Facebook and contacted the Royal Marines Association, hundreds of people braved the cold to attend the ceremony at Milton Cemetery.

A small procession through the cemetery was led by Royal British Legion standard bearers followed by a group of flag-bearing motorcycles.

The service concluded with two buglers from the Royal Marines Band Service playing the Last Post.

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