Repatriation tributes in Headington

27 September 2012

Captain James Townley
Corps of Royal Engineers

Sergeant Jonathan Eric Kups
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME)

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.

Oxford Mail, 28 September 2012: “Proud father’s thanks for show of support

PoppiesPoppy wreaths: (1) The Headington Final Turn; (2) Royal Engineers (E II R with Crown);
and (3)  REME (horse & chain with lightning behind, symbolizing mechanical and electrical power)

WaitingThe standard-bearers start to line up

Standards The traffic is stopped, and standards are held at the ready

ArrivingThe cortège approaches

HearsesThe two hearses, each with a coffin draped in the Union flag, approach the Final Turn

The Final Turn, Oxford

This report by John Walker, The Royal Dragoon Guards Association

We here at the Final Turn stood true and bold to honour the above two soldiers.

Association Standards:
Coldstream  Guards, Canal Zoners (Oxon), Guards Division (Henley), Parachute Regiment (Oxon), RAF Police, Royal Army Service Corps, Royal Marine/Navy (Oxon), the St George Society; and the Banner of the Royal Dragoon Guards.

Royal British Legion Standards:
Abingdon, Bodicote, Henley, Islip, Kidlington, Wheatley, and Wolvercote & Wytham

Col. (Retired) B. Duncan, MBE (Royal Tank Regiment)
City & County Councillor Altaf Khan
City Councillor & Sheriff of Oxford Dee Sinclair
Mr J. Kelly, MBE

Apologies: Brigadier (Retd) I. Inshaw, DL; Colonel (Retd) T. Hall, CVO, OBE (11th Hussars);  Cllr E Benjamin; T Young, MBE; Mr M. Lane (Household Division Standard Bearer).

There were 35 Veterans in Berets and 20 others from all three services.
Thames Valley Police and PCSOs all under the Highways Agency command of Chief Inspector Cecilia  Agger.
Oxford County Council was also out in force helping the police with road signs and traffic control.
Thames Valley Chaplain Graham Choldcroft.

There were approximately 200 members of the public at the Final Turn and many more leading off of the Oxford ring road into the Marston area, all the way up Headley Way to us at The Final Turn.

Mary and John from the Church stood with us (John having half-masted the Union Flag very early in the morning). We thank Father Aldo as always for the use of the church car park and hall at the rear where we have our tea/coffee area.

There were three riders from the Royal British Legion, and also riders from the Oxford UK Chapter.

There were two crews from the Red Cross and two from The St John’s Ambulance.

I thank  M. Townsend (Royal British Legion) who helped me with the head-count and putting this list together.

Thanks once again go to John Tierney (former Queen’s Dragoon Guards and Royal Armoured Corps Parachute Squadron) for the tributes he sent in as always. They were posted on the church door here and all along the route from RAF Brize Norton into Oxford.

I thank all those who helped in the tea/coffee area and again all those who helped tidy away after the Parade.

Bob Coupe our Blackpool man came all the way down to Oxford to be with us again to pay his respects.

Also the young Rifles Soldier in uniform was again with us on Parade. Thank you, Rifleman Kitson.

The Parade Marshall was G. Whelan (former Para). Second in command was J. Lewendon (former R.A. and the present RBL Chairman of Oxfordshire).

The weather was slight sun, 17°C.

The cortège passed us by at 1725 hrs.

Their Courage and Sacrifice will not be forgotten.

©Stephanie Jenkins

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