Repatriation tributes in Headington

10 November 2011

Private Matthew James Sean Haseldin (2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment)
Killed in Afghanistan on 3 November 2011

The pictures below show the repatriation tribute that took place in Headley Way
as the funeral cortège made its way to the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Poppy wreaths
Poppy wreaths: The spread double-headed eagle of the Mercian Regiment; and the Headington Final Turn

WaitingThe standard-bearers line up, and everyone waits

Cortège approachesThe cortège approaches

HearseThe coffin is draped with the Union flag

Final Turn“The Final Turn”

After the tribute

Altaf Khan and Deputy Lord Mayor
Altaf Khan, County Councillor for Headington & Marston and City Councillor for
Headington Hill & Northway Ward, talks to Deputy Lord Mayor Alan Armitage and
The Very Revd Bob Wilkes (Rector of the City Church of St Michael-at-the-Northgate)

Report from the Final Turn by John Walker, former RDG

We here at The Final Turn stood True and Firm to Honour the above Soldier.

There were 9 B/Legion Standards: Bicester, Bicester & Launton, Bodicote, Chalgrove, Headington, Kidlington, Kidlington (Women’s), Marston, and Wheatley. Association Standards: Coldstream Guards, Canal Zoners (Oxon), Guards Division (Newbury), Parachute Regiment (Oxon), RAF Police, Royal Marine/Navy (Oxon), Royal Fleet Auxiliary (London & District), Royal Tank Regiment (Oxon). St George Society, St John’s. The Banner of the Royal Dragoon Guards.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford Cllr Alan Armitage.Cllr Altaf Khan. The very Rev Robert Wilkes, Col (Retd) B. Duncan, MBE, Royal Tank Regt, and Lt/Col D. Mead, TD.

There were 45 Veterans in Berets and 35 others from all three services.

Thames Valley Police during their normal duties and some on Parade along side of us all under the command of Inspector N. Qureshi. Graham Choldcroft (Chaplain), Thames Valley Police. Oxford City Fire & Rescue Services with their Tender and as always with their huge Union Flag. Mary and John from the Church (John having half-masted the Union Flag early in the morning).

There were 250 people from the Oxford public here at the Final Turn and many all along the Oxford ring road leading into the Marston area up the Headley hill to us at the Church (The Final Turn). Huge Union Flags on route and always nice to see The Flag of Ulster.

I point out here that for the first time we had The Standard of St John’s on Parade with us (although they are always normally here with their ambulance). The Standard party was Div/President Moya Lee, Superintendent John Jones, and Sgt Ann Collier. Their drill and dress were 1st Class.

The weather was overcast and 15°c. The Cortège passed us by at 1535 hrs.

The Parade Marshall was G. Whelan (former Para), 2i/c J. Lewendon (former R.A.).

We all had sad thoughts as we left know we will be back on Parade next week to see Home another Soldier.


©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 13 January, 2017

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