Association pays for comrade’s funeral

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ACTION by local members of the East of Scotland Royal Marines Association ensured that one of their former comrades who had passed away was given an appropriate send off.

Tim Donovan explained: “In August we heard of the sad loss of one of our comrades, former Acting Corporal James Parsons, RM. We were later distressed to hear that as he had no surviving relatives the Crown Office had decided that he was to have a pauper’s grave.

“We did not think that this should be allowed to happened to a former Royal Marine who had served in Malaya, Cyprus and Aden and many other places around the globe over many years.

He went on: “We contacted the Royal Marines Association in Portsmouth and it was agreed that the association should pay for a funeral and cremation.”

Corporal Parson was a member of the advance party when 45 Commando moved to Arbroath in 1971 and was released from service from the base.

On Thursday, he had a fitting farewell at Parkgrove Crematorium attended by members of the East of Scotland Royal Marines Association, bugler Jeff Smart and standard bearer Roddy Campbell. The ceremony was conducted by the Rev. John Cuthbert, St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Arbroath, who is Associate Padre at Condor.