Repatriation of fallen service personnel
Repatriations of fallen service personnel come through RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
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The Memorial Garden
The Repatriation Memorial Garden is located in Norton Way, Brize Norton.
The Memorial Garden was designed by a small group of local people including the Royal British Legion, community representatives from Brize Norton and Carterton, and current and retired military personnel.
The design is intended to provide a focus for the public to pay their respects. At the centre of the garden is a flag pole where the Union Flag from Royal Wootton Bassett is flown on the days repatriations take place.
The Memorial was constructed using natural stone sourced from a local quarry in the Cotswold area.
Planting of trees around the Memorial Garden took place in late September. The next change will be for poppies to be sown in the grass around the memorial in remembrance of past sacrifice in the cause of freedom.
The sports pavilion at the junction of Monahan Way and Norton Way is open to provide public access to male, female and accessible toilet facilities. Light refreshment catering is available for purchase at the pavilion kitchen. The car parking at this site is reserved entirely for Blue Badge holders. Vehicles without Blue Badges must park in car park A.
A number of unisex portaloos are positioned in Northwood Crescent (car park A) along the pedestrian route to the memorial site. Further toilet facilities are available inside the sports pavilion. Carterton town centre (approximately half a mile away) also has toilet facilities available.
Refreshments are available in the sports pavilion in Norton Way. Carterton Town Centre has two pubs and café facilities available. There are a number of food and refreshment outlets in neighbouring villages.
A memorial bell has been installed at the Oxfordshire Memorial Garden on the borders of Carterton and Brize Norton.
The bell has been made by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in London, which cast Big Ben. A campaign to raise funds for the bell reached its target in early 2012.
The bell will toll at repatriations.
The cortege route
At Brize Norton village the cortege turns left into Carterton Road, and progresses along Norton Way, Monahan Way and then heads out towards the A40 at Minister Lovell. Once on the A40 the cortege progresses on that road through to Oxford, linking to the previous routing from RAF Lyneham, exiting onto Marsh Lane at Marston and entering the John Radcliffe Hospital via Headley Way.
- View a map of the route in Brize Norton, and Carterton (pdf format, 519 KB)
- View a map of the route in Oxford (.pdf format, 788 KB)
Travelling to Carterton
Carterton is situated in West Oxfordshire.
There are no direct rail links to Carterton. However Oxford has excellent rail links with the rest of the country, and from Oxford there are excellent bus links with Carterton.
Stagecoach services S1 and S2 run frequent buses to Carterton.
Timetables and route maps for the S1 and S2 services can be found on the Stagecoach website
The A40 is the major western route to Carterton.
Facilities in Carterton
Carterton has a number of food and refreshment outlets (pdf format, 17 KB). There are a small number of bed and breakfasts in the town, and in the neighbouring villages of Brize Norton and Bampton. Additional B&B accommodation and hotels are available at nearby Witney and Burford.
Further information about where to stay can be found on the Oxfordshire Cotswolds site.
There are two free car parks with no time restrictions close to the repatriation memorial garden. Both are signposted.
Please use these car parks as there are parking restrictions along the route of the repatriation cortege to prevent unnecessary obstructions and ensure visitors are safe.
Car Park A - Northwood Crescent, Carterton. OX18 1UN
The main car park for cars, motor cycles, and coaches. A four-minute walk from Norton Way and the repatriation memorial garden.
Car Park B - The Sports Pavilion, Monahan Way, Carterton OX18 3AN
Dedicated for Blue Badge holder parking. Next to Norton Way and the repatriation memorial garden.
In Carterton town centre, a ten minute walk away, there are also two long-stay car parks at:
- Alvescot Road, Carterton
- Black Bourton Road, Carterton