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Repatriation of Service personnel

9 May 2013

The repatriation of 3 soldiers from The Royal Regiment of Scotland killed in Afghanistan took place on Thursday 9 May 2013.

Corporal William Savage, 30 from Irvine, Ayrshire, and Fusilier Samuel Flint, 21 of Blackpool, both of the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion and Private Robert Hetherington, 25, of the 51st Highland, 7th Battalion died on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

The plane landed at approximately 1.30pm and the cortege passed the Memorial Garden around at 4.15pm, reaching the John Radcliffe Hospital around 5.15pm.

From 1 September 2011, repatriations ceased passing through Royal Wootton Bassett as they moved from RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton. A memorial garden has been established on the new route on the outskirts of Carterton (on Norton Way, Brize Norton - Google Map).

The memorial 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 does not differ from the 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.

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