Repatriation tributes in Headington

14 November 2013

Warrant Officer Class 2 Ian Fisher
3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment
MOD report

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, 13 November 2013 “Crowds will honour ‘exceptional soldier’

WaitingWaitingWaiting with standards at rest:

Raised standardsRaised standardsStandards are raised as the cortège approaches:

Cortege approachesThe cortège arrives:

HearseThe hearse, with the coffin draped in the Union flag, approaches the Final Turn:


The Final Turn (John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford)

This report by John Walker, Royal Dragoon Guards Association

 We here at The Final Turn stood true and Bold to Honour the above Soldier.

Association Standards

Coldstream Guards, Canal Zoners (Oxon), Guards Division (Henley), Household Division (Banbury), RAF Police, Royal Marine (Bicester), Royal Marine/Navy (Oxon).

The Banner of the Royal Dragoon Guards.

Apologies: Mr R. Calcott Royal Tank Regt (Oxon); Royal B.L Standards: Abingdon, Bloxham, Chalgrove, Henley, Islip, Kidlington, Kidlington (Women);
Mr & Mrs R. Rigg (Haselmere and Windsor); Mr C. Davies (Peppard & District).

Parade

The Lord Mayor of Oxford (City Cllr D. Sinclair)
The very Rev R Wilkes
Mr J Kelly MBE

Apologies: Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Brig (Rtd) I. Inshaw; Col (Rtd) T. Hall CVO, OBE, 11th Hussars (PAO); Col (Rtd) B. Duncan MBE, the Royal Tank Regiment.

There were 34 Vets in berets and 25 others from all three services. Thames Valley Police under Command of C/inspector C. Agger. Oxford City Council helping with traffic and crowd control. Oxford City Fire & Rescue with a Tender and Crew of ten (as always with their high Union Flag). A crew of two from St John's Ambulance.

A group of Royal British Legion Riders joined us once again led by Clive & Ann Latham (Oxfordshire).

Mary from The Church (John still away on light duties: we wish him well). I had the honour of Raising the Union Flag for him earlier in the day.

There were Approx 240 members of The Oxford public at The Final Turn and many hundreds as always leading off the Oxford ring road into the Marston area all the way up Headley way to The Final Turn.

I should like to thank Father Augustus of the Church for once again allowing us the use of the car park and the use of the rear hall for our Tea area.  Thanks also to Mr B. Crossin (former RAF Police) for helping to organizing that area and seeing all the clearing away after the Parade.  I thank Mr K. Bunt (former Oxon Fire Service) for helping me to put together the Parade lists.

I thank also Brig (Rtd) C. Daukes (RDG) for repersenting The Royal Dragoon Guards at the Memorial Gardens at Carterton.

I thank John Tierney (former Queen's Dragoon Guards & RAC Para Sqd) for the Tribute he sent: this as always was placed on the altar here in the Church while a few prayers were said, then placed on the front door outside. As you all know these are posted all along that sad route from RAF Brize Norton into Oxford, and are also passed on to the Fallen Soldiers Family and Regiment friends.

Thanks also go to Jon Lewis for taking the photos not only for the local Oxford Mail but for some of us on The Parade. Our Dear cake lady Diana, wife of former Ox & Bucks Vet (her driver), again supplied us with her wonderful home made cake.

For the first time in many years our dear Blackpool Man arrived late, this was due to the very heavy traffic on the day in Oxford City as Bob gets a bus direct to us from Oxford Rail Station. However I was still there putting away the Union Flag with Mary from the Church as Bob arrived and feeling very upset as you can imagine.

The Cortege passed us by at 1605 hrs. The weather was sunny and 8°C.

Parade Marshall was G Whelan (former Parachute Regt);  2i/c was J Lewendon (former Royal Artillery and the present Chairman of RBL Oxfordshire).

THEIR COURAGE AND SACRIFICE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.

©Stephanie Jenkins

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