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

Daily Mail [UK], by Inderdeep Bains

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/22/2013 2:06:39 AM

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.[Snip]Yesterday, in the biting cold, a procession through the cemetery was led by Royal British Legion standard bearers followed by a group of flag-bearing motorcycles from the legion’s riders’ branch. Two buglers from the Royal Marines band played the Last Post

It was indeed a grand send-off made possible by grand people.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 2/22/2013 2:39:32 AM     (No. 9190077)

Beautiful tribute. It´s good to know there is still an England.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/22/2013 2:42:53 AM     (No. 9190080)

That is so wonderful. It is too bad that he couldn´t have seen the turnout. Of course, maybe he did! Things like this help restore a little faith in mankind.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: flatwater, 2/22/2013 2:56:28 AM     (No. 9190085)

God bless that vicar and all who turned out to honor this fallen soldier.

Rest in Peace, Faithful Warrior.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bighambone, 2/22/2013 3:35:08 AM     (No. 9190096)

The Falklands War was within the lifetimes of a lot of living former Royal Marines, so you would think that there are still a number of marines who actually served with Mr. O´Connell out there?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Gale, 2/22/2013 7:44:39 AM     (No. 9190274)

Well done, Brits.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ohyababy, 2/22/2013 10:14:32 AM     (No. 9190600)

Such loving and compassionate acts of all!

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