Repatriation tributes in Headington

20 March 2012

Lance Corporal Peter Eustace (2nd Battalion, The Rifles)

Sergeant Nigel Coupe (1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment)

Corporal Jake Hartley (3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment)

Private Anthony Frampton (3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment)

Private Christopher Kershaw (3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment)

Private Daniel Wade (3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment)

Private Daniel Wilford (3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment)

All killed in Afghanistan on 6 March 2012

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.

Crowds waitingOver 400 members of the public attended this repatriation tribute

ChurchThe 26 standard bearers wait for their call outside St Anthony of Padua Church in Headley Way

StandardsThe call comes, and the standard-bearers take up their position in the middle of the road

Six hearsesThe six hearses approach

HearseTwo of the hearses, with each coffin draped in the Union flag

Oxford Mail report

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (The final Turn): St Anthony Padua Parish Church, Headley Way

This report from John Walker, RDGA.

We here at The Final Turn stood True and Firm to honour the above Soldiers.
There were Eleven Royal British Legion Standards:

  • Royal British Legion (Bicester and Launton)
  • Royal British Legion (Bloxham)
  • Royal British Legion (Bodicote)
  • Royal British Legion (Chalgrove)
  • Royal British Legion (Headington)
  • Royal British Legion (Henley)
  • Royal British Legion (Islip)
  • Royal British Legion (Kidlington)
  • Royal British Legion (Kindlington – Womens)
  • Royal British Legion (Wheatley)
  • Royal British Legion (Wolvercote)

There were EightAssociation Standards:

  • Coldstream Guards Association
  • Canal Zoners (Oxon) Association
  • Parachure Regiment (Oxon) Association
  • RAF Police Association
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary (London & District) Association
  • Royal Marines/Navy Association (Oxon Branch)
  • Royal Tank Regiment (Oxon)
  • The Banner of The Royal Dragoon Guards

Also on Parade were:
Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford City Cllr A Armitage, The Very Rev Robert Wilkes, Colonel (Retd) B Duncan MBE., Royal Tank Regt, Colonel (Retd) T. Hall 11th Hussars (PAO), Lt/ Colonel(Retd) D Mead TD.
There were 55Veterans in Berets and forty others from all three services.

Thames Valley Police were doing their normal duties and also stood alongside of us on Parade all under the command of Chief Inspector C. Agger, G. Choldcroft (Chaplain) Thames Valley Police, Mary and John from the Church, John having half-masted The Union Flag earlier in the morning. A full crew and Tender from Oxford Fire & Rescue Services again with their huge Union Flag.

Vehicle and crew from The Red Cross and another from the St John’s Ambulance Brigade.

There were 340 members of the Oxford Public with us here at The Final Turn and many more leading off the Oxford ring road into the Marston area all the way up Headley Hill to us.  So many Union Flags being held and as always the Flag of Ulster.

I thank once again M. Townsend (RBL) for helping me with this report. Thanks goes again to Father Aldo for the use of the Church washing facilities and the use of the car park, Once again the veterans wives and partners were there helping to give out the Tea/Coffee etc and the clearing up afterwards.A thank you goes to John Tierney for his Tributes that were posted along the route as always.

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

The Cortège passed us by at 1635 hrs.

©Stephanie Jenkins

Last updated: 13 January, 2017

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