Royal Wootton Bassett Remembers Iraq War

6 July 2016, 12:12

Sir John Chilcot says the UK did not exhaust all peaceful options before joining the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

His report is being made public - seven years after the inquiry started.

Speaking in Westminster he said military action at the time "was not a last resort".

From April 2007, the bodies of servicemen and women of the British Armed Forces killed in Iraq were repatriated to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

The bodies would then be transported to John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, in coffins covered with a Union Flag, passing through Royal Wootton Bassett on their way.

Two people involved in the repatriations have been reflecting on how the town began to honour and respect our fallen service men and women.

Anne Bevis was involved with the Royal British Legion in the town, while Chris Wannell was a town councillor.
Louisa Maher reports.


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