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Repatriation service in Carterton

The people of Carterton will stand in silent tribute later today as three servicemen are repatriated to the UK.

Lieutenant Andrew Chesterman
Lieutenant Andrew Chesterman Credit: Ministry of Defence

Guildford soldier Lieutenant Andrew Chesterman of 3rd Battalion, The Rifles died after he went to the aid of colleagues whose vehicle had struck a roadside bomb. He was shot while trying to take control of the situation in the Nad 'Ali district of Helmand Province.

Lance Corporal Matthew Smith
Lance Corporal Matthew Smith Credit: Ministry of Defence

Lance Corporal Matthew David Smith grew up in Aldershot and was passionately involved with the 26th Engineer Regiment football team. The father of 4 was shot while trying to build a new check point in Helmand province, despite the efforts of his colleagues he sadly died of his wounds.

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake
Guardsman Jamie Shadrake Credit: Ministry of Defence

Guardsman Jamie Shadrake of the Reconnaissance Platoon, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards died when his check point was overrun by insurgents on Friday 17th August. He is the 425th British soldier to die in Afghanistan.

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Memorial bell arrives

A memorial bell which will be used to signal approaching repatriation corteges in Oxfordshire has arrived in the county. It will be installed opposite the memorial garden at Carterton next month, following an appeal which raised £26,000.

It's been delivered to Whites of Appleton near Abingdon where a four metre high tower to house it is being made. The bell is 25 inches high and 31 inches wide.

Repatriation bell for Carterton

Repatriation bell
Repatriation bell Credit: ITV Meridian

A memorial bell which will be used to signal approaching repatriation corteges in Oxfordshire has arrived in the county. It will be installed opposite the memorial garden at Carterton next month and follows an appeal which raised £26,000.

It's been delivered to Abingdon where a tower to house it is being made. The bell is 25 inches high and 31 inches wide.

Soldiers to be repatriated

Corporal Andrew Roberts and Private Ratu Silibaravi Credit: MoD

Two Oxfordshire based soldiers are due to be repatriated to RAF Brize Norton later today.

Corp Andrew Roberts was killed alongside Priv Ratu Silibaravi during an indirect fire attack on their base in Nahr-e Saraj, Afghanistan, last Friday.

Both served in the 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, based in Bicester.

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Guardsman Repatriated

Guardsman Michael Roland Credit: Ministry of Defence

The body of a 22-year-old father of twins from Worthing, West Sussex, has been flown home. Guardsman Michael Roland, from 1st Bn Grenadier Guards was killed during a patrol in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province. He has been repatriated to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire this afternoon.

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