(NEWS.com.au) — This sad story with a beautiful ending has demonstrated the human capacity for generosity and selflessness.

More than 200 strangers attended the funeral of a British veteran after a concerned vicar posted a plea on Facebook, asking for people to honour the deceased man’s memory, the BBC News reported.

James McConnell, a Royal Marine, died last month at the age of 70 in a Hampshire nursing home.

Local vicar, Reverand Bob Mason became concerned that no one would show up at McConnell’s funeral after learning he had no close relatives.

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