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Repatriation of Operational Deaths
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Point of Entry (POE)
RAF Lyneham

RAF Lyneham is currently and for the foreseeable future the official repatriation POE for all UK operational deaths from theatres of operations.

Repatriation Ceremony at
RAF Lyneham

The deceased usually arrive by RAF C-17 at approx 1100hrs local.  The aircraft, weather permitting, will usually conduct a flypast over the Terminal building and land at approx 1105hrs.  At approx 1200hrs, having de-flared, it will taxi to a position in front of the Terminal where family members of the deceased and the official representative and dignitaries observe the ceremony.  The bearer party transfers the coffin(s) into the hearse(s) between the aircraft and the Terminal.  The Last Post is sounded when the Bearer Party exit the C-17 with the coffin (s) and Reveille is sounded as the hearse(s) move off to the base Chapel of Rest.  The family may elect to spend a short time alone with the deceased in the Chapel of Rest at. This will determine the departure time of the cortège from RAF Lyneham for the Coroners Office at the John Radcliffe (JR2) Hospital Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU.

Cortège route from RAF Lyneham to John Radcliffe Hospital Headington,

RAF Lyneham, Woottan Bassett, M4 (Enters at J16, leaves at J15; Bradbury Roundabout).

A419 towards Swindon, branch off on to A420 to Oxford,

A420 eastbound via Shrivenham, Besselsleigh to the A34 northbound at the Botley Interchange lave the A34 at the Peartree Interchange and take the A44 exit toward Oxford.

It will then join the A40 North Way (Northern Bypass) eastbound, and take the exit for the B4150 Marsh Lane.

At the roundabout at the end of Marsh Lane the cortège turns into Headley Way OX3 7SS and immediately after Eden Drive into the JR2 Hospital.

Route Lining, usually coordinated by the local Oxford RBL on site, between Marsh Lane and the entrance to the JR2 (just after Eden Drive). Car Parking is sometimes available at the Catholic Church which is on the junction of
Eden Drive
Headley Way
Service Representation along the routeIrrespective of the Service, Corps or Regiment of the deceased; it has become established practice for serving and Ex-Servicemen of all Services to voluntarily and without coordinated organisation to pay their respects to the deceased along the Cortège route. Association Banners are unfurled, Regimental Headdress and Medals are worn with pride.

Vantage points for paying respects to the deceased along the cortège route

1. WoottonBassettVillage, Swindon SN4 7AQ

2. Swindon Gable Cross, Police Station SN3 4EW (OS Ref: SU19232 86732)car parking & canteen facilities available

3. A420 outside DefenceAcademy (OS Ref: SU 25252 90792) meet before at College Farm Pub Majors RoadWatchfieldSN6 8TQ

4. A420/A417 (Folley Roundabout) 75 yards NE of R/About on North side of A420

5. Oxford Headley Way OX3 7SS  (OS Ref: SP53512 07567)the approach to the JR2) meet at St. Anthony of Padua Church 115 Headley Way


The RAF Lyneham JohnRadcliffeHospital route is a high density traffic route. Both the Wiltshire & Oxfordshire Constabulary request that those wishing to pay their respects do so only at the above mentioned locations for highway safety reason.

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