EX WO2 CSM Percy Miles Mayor of Wooton Bassett

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  1. Last night the residents of Wooton Bassett held a special ceremony to honour our brave fallen heroes who have passed through their small market town.
    The following message appeared on the RAOC forum

    EX WO2 CSM Percy Miles Mayor of Wooton Bassett

    Not many know but CSM Percy Miles the terror of COD Donnington in the early sixties and the distinguished man in his eighties Mayor of Wooton Bassett is the same man. I was very proud to see him on the BBC News tonight and hear him speak on radio 4 this morning. Percy and the RBL local branch were the driving force behind all the effort put into welcoming home our fallen heroes who died in the service of their country.
    Percy completed 23 years service in the RAOC and was Regimental Duties.
    Well done Sir we salute you.

    There are several articles on the Internet under Wooton Bassett.

    Kim Selvon
  2. The following article appeared in the Telegraph. Written by a civilian, its shows the country's respect for our fighting forces.

    Hundreds of proud locals packed the Wiltshire market town’s high street, known as the “Highway for Heroes”, as the flag was winched down and blessed.
    Wednesday's ceremony reflected the simple and dignified nature of the military repatriations which have passed through the town over the past four years.
    It signalled the end of an era for the small Wiltshire market town, which has seen the coffins of 345 service personnel pass through the town and thousands of people line its main street to pay their respects.
    The ceremony, which started at 7.50pm on Wednesday, included a speech from Mayor Paul Heaphey and a blessing from The Rev Canon Thomas Woodhouse, the town’s vicar.
    At 7.58pm, the moment of sunset, the town’s flag party lowered it to solemn performances of Sunset and Evening by the Wootton Bassett Brass.
    As the flag was lowered mixed emotions were painted across the faces of those so familiar with the repatriations – pride at what the town had achieved but also a sadness, drawing tears from some, that it will no longer be able to show its support and respect in the way it is used to.
    It will be re-hoisted on Thursday near RAF Brize Norton, Oxon, where repatriation flights carrying dead soldiers back to Britain will now land.
    As the ceremony ended people cheered and applauded whilst others wiped tears from their cheeks and embraced those around them.
    The flagpole will remain bare until 11am on Thursday, when a new flag will go up in Wootton Bassett as the Union flag given to Oxfordshire is raised at the new memorial garden at RAF Brize Norton.
    Tributes to the town were led yesterday by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, who praised the town’s spontaneous shows of support for soldiers as a fitting expression of support.
    "My message to the people of Wootton Bassett is a really big, heartfelt thank you on behalf of the Government and the whole country,” he said.
    The people of Wootton Bassett have proudly lined the streets 167 times over the last four years to welcome home the bodies of 345 brave soldiers.
    But Britain’s fleet of Hercules transporter planes have now been moved to Brize Norton and repatriation ceremonies will now take place in nearby Carterton.
    Standing silently on the high street started as an impromptu act which saw a handful of local people stop and bow their heads as the funeral cortege passed by the town's war memorial, which is emblazoned with the words "lest we forget".
    Before long the repatriations grew larger than anyone in the town could have imagined, drawing international recognition – including from Barack Obama, the US President.
    Wootton Bassett is set to become the first town in more than 100 years to get the title “Royal” in recognition of its efforts to honour Britain’s war dead.
    A total of 379 British troops have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001.
  3. I think it's well worthy of the Royal title. That fact that the town under him just came out of it's own accord with no one asking it, proves the spirit of this national and the new spirit it has produced shows that the heart of it is in Royal Wootton Bassett.

    Well done to Percy Miles, everyone in that town and those that followed them.

    I hope someone shows him this thread.
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    Our brothers were honoured. Wootton Bassett is, by reflection, also honoured..

    Thank you