This extremely sensitive and emotive matter has concerned me for some time. In the past, that is until relatively recently, those who died for their Country were buried at or near where they fell. This led to a plethora of mostly beautiful, and always dignified, Military Cemeteries across the World. Most of us have visited some of these, and will agree that they are places of contemplation, and certainly provide a reminder to visitors of the sacrifices made on their behalf. I think that this is a vital function, especially in the education of youngsters today. Meanwhile, for whatever reasons â pressure from Families, political needs, practical needs (e.g. the Countries involved might object) â the situation has now been reversed. We now, as the US have always done, repatriate the fallen to the UK. JWP-01 â Joint Operational Personnel Administration states: âSince the Falklands conflict, it has been usual practice to repatriate the bodies of those killed in action for burial in the UK. It is a highly emotive matter. Indeed, the possible impact on the morale of both the servicemen and their families and the nation is of such the significance that the policy is usually addressed in the Directive from the DCS.â This has had some unforeseen consequences. It led to a requirement for Inquests into the deaths, something which presumably may not have happened otherwise. Given that all these flights land at BZN, this means that the Oxfordshire Coroner is responsible for the inquests, and the backlog is now thoroughly embarrassing. I think that we should return to the practice of burying the fallen where they fell. If it was good enough for hundreds of years, why change now? I hate to introduce the stink of politics to this, but I am convinced that there was the shabby touch of the politician in this decision somewhere (of whatever Party). What is the opinion of this site regarding this very sensitive matter?