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Repatriation of Service personnel

7 May 2014

The repatriation of 5 soldiers killed in Afghanistan took place on Tuesday 6 May 2014.

Captain Thomas Clarke, Warrant Officer Spencer Faulkner and Corporal James Walters all from the Army Air Corps; and RAF Intelligence Officer Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan and Lance Corporal Oliver Thomas both of the Intelligence Corps died on Saturday 26 April 2014.

The aircraft landed at RAF Brize Norton at approximately 1.30pm and the cortege passed the Memorial Garden around 4.15pm, reaching the John Radcliffe Hospital around 5.30pm.

Memorial BellA memorial garden has been established on the route on the outskirts of Carterton (on Norton Way, Brize Norton - Google Map). The garden was designed by a small group of local people including The Royal British Legion, community representatives from Brize Norton and Carterton, and current and retired military personnel. 

The design is intended to provide a focus for the public to pay their respects. At the centre of the garden is a flag pole where the Union Flag from Royal Wootton Bassett is flown on the days repatriations take place. The memorial was constructed using natural stone sourced from a local quarry in the Cotswold area.

The final part of the repatriation route from RAF Brize Norton to the John Radcliffe Hospital is the same as the previous route from RAF Lyneham. The tradition of local people and members of The Royal British Legion turning out to pay respects at Headley Way in Oxford is therefore carrying on seamlessly.

Prior to September 2011, repatriations passed through Royal Wootton Bassett.

For more information visit Oxfordshire County Council or call 01865 816345.

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