Repatriation: Soldiers' return postponed four days until Tuesday

Lieutenant Andrew Chesterman

Lance Corporal Matthew Smith

First published in News Bicester Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

The repatriation of two servicemen killed in Afghanistan has been put back four days.

The bodies of Lieutenant Andrew Chesterman of 3rd Battalion, The Rifles and Lance Corporal Matthew Smith of 26 Engineer Regiment will be brought back to the UK on Tuesday.

Originally it had been expected that the repatriation would take place tomorrow but a spokesman at the Ministry of Defence this morning confirmed the delay.

It is expected that the plane will land at around 1.30pm with the cortege passing through Carterton’s memorial garden at around 4pm.

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