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Pictures taken by The News capture the poignancy of the funeral service for former Royal Marine Jimmy McConnell.

Hundreds of strangers paid tribute to him at Milton Cemetery in Portsmouth after it was feared that he had no friends to attend his funeral.

The funeral of ex-Royal Marine James McConnell at Milton Cemetery in Portsmouth with a graveside service led by The Reverend Bob Mason with buglers from The Royal Marines Band Service (Portsmouth) as well as WW11 veterans, Falklands veterans and many other service personnel and members of the public ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13520-1597)

The funeral of ex-Royal Marine James McConnell at Milton Cemetery in Portsmouth with a graveside service led by The Reverend Bob Mason with buglers from The Royal Marines Band Service (Portsmouth) as well as WW11 veterans, Falklands veterans and many other service personnel and members of the public ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (13520-1597)

The pictures in our tribute sequence were taken by Malcolm Wells, chief photographer of The News.