The hearse carrying the body of Lieutenant Daniel John Clack on 18 August, on the journey from RAF Lyneham to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, was the last repatriation through Wootton Bassett, the Wiltshire town that has fallen silent to honour the fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last three years. From 1 September aircraft returning soldiers who have been killed will arrive at RAF Brize Norton in Wiltshire.
The BBC had a camera in the last police vehicle recording the repatriation journey and a documentary covering the route will be shown four times on BBC News 24 on the following days – subject to scheduling changes on:
Saturday 27 August, 3.30pm
Sunday 28 August, 10:30am and 8.30pm
Monday 29 August, 2.30pm
Wootton Bassett will receive the accolade of Royal Wootton Bassett in recognition of the town’s remarkable commitment to honouring the dead when a member of the Royal familiy visits in mid-October.
Photo, top, Lieutenant Daniel John Clack’s fiance Amey Tinsley places a rose on the hearse containing his body. Below, a tribute from the Royal British Legion as the repatriation procession leaves Wootton Bassett for the last time. Images: Richard Wintle http://calyxpix.com
Read tributes to all the soldiers repatriated through Wootton Bassett at FallenHeroes.org.uk