Hundreds attend funeral for former soldier with no friends or family

Alex McDougall

Alex McDougall Photo: Aisha Morrell

Hundreds have turned out for the funeral of a former soldier who died with no known friends or family.

A campaign was launched for ex-servicemen and others who wished to pay their respects to Alex McDougall to attend the service in Bramcote today.

A campaign was launched for ex-servicemen and others who wished to pay their respects to attend the service.

A campaign was launched for ex-servicemen and others who wished to pay their respects to attend the service. Credit: ITV News Central

The 77-year-old passed away at Beeston Lodge Nursing Home on 8 June, after suffering from dementia and cancer.

He served his country for 30 years, surviving being shot at and almost starving to death on limited rations.

Staff at the nursing home launched the appeal for people to attend the service.

Alex had a love of singing Jazz

Alex had a love of singing Jazz Credit: Aisha Morrell

This former soldier attended to pay his respects decorated in his medals

This former soldier attended to pay his respects decorated in his medals Credit: ITV News Central

Staff at the nursing home launched the appeal for people to attend the service.

Staff at the nursing home launched the appeal for people to attend the service. Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds turned out to honour the memory of Alex who served his country for 30 years

Hundreds turned out to honour the memory of Alex who served his country for 30 years Credit: ITV News Central

Appeal for people to attend the funeral of veteran soldier

 
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Alex McDougall died with no known relatives Photo: Aisha Morrell

A nursing home in Nottingham has appealed for people to attend the funeral of a retired soldier who died with no known relatives.

Alex McDougall served his country for 30 years, surviving being shot at and almost starving to death on limited rations.

He passed away at Beeston Lodge Nursing Home on 8 June after suffering from dementia and cancer.

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Alex had a love of singing Jazz Credit: Aisha Morrell

Staff at the nursing home, where Mr McDougall lived for 18 years, said he was "married to the job" in the Army and had no known relatives or friends.

They are now appealing for anyone with a link to Chetwynd Barracks or the military in general to go to the service at Bramcote Crematorium at 3.45pm on Friday.

Mr McDougall, who was a Rangers FC fan, will have his ashes scattered at Ibrox Stadium.

Aisha Morrell, activities and welfare manager at the nursing home, said:

He has no living family and no friends we are aware of so it is unlikely anyone will be at his funeral.

He was very much married to the job. He told me tales of playing pranks on his Army friends. He was a very proud man.

He served his country, and he was such a nice man. It doesn't seem any way for a send-off.

– Aisha Morrell, activities and welfare manager

Mr McDougall trained with the Army in Glasgow as a youngster but moved to Beeston when he was 21, signing up at Chetwynd Barracks after his parents died in a car crash.

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Alex enjoying some down time when he served in Cyprus Credit: Aisha Morrell

He was a gunner and toured Cyprus and Portugal and nursing home staff believe he may have been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Home manager Bev Hamilton said:

I just feel like he deserves some sort of a send-off. His life was the Army.

He was very popular within the home. He didn't have any visitors but when other people came to see their relatives he was always friendly.

I kept him up to-date with the football scores. He was a lovely chap and such a big character.

– Bev Hamilton, home manager
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Alex with staff enjoying a fancy dress for a 50s tea party last year Credit: Aisha Morrell

A spokeswoman for Rangers said: "Rangers Football Club is deeply saddened to hear loyal Rangers fan Alex McDougall has passed away.

"The club will make contact with the local supporters club with regard to the funeral."

David Thomas, of the Royal Artillery Association Nottingham branch, said: "It's a shame that people like this drop out of the Army family. We will do everything we can to get somebody there."