Yesterday Carterton, in Oxfordshire took over from Wooton Bassett, the town that so poignantly marked the return of each and every fallen serviceman and woman from Afghanistan with a roadside vigil, held it’s first repatriation ceremony and they rose to the occasion magnificently.

The family of Marine Sergeant Barry Weston of 42 Commando, the first person to be repatriated since the change from RAF Lyneham to RAF Brize Norton, was said to ‘overwhelmed’ to be joined in Carterton by 2,000 mourners – some of whom had travelled from Wootton Bassett – standing silently and bowing their heads.

Reading-born Royal Marine Sgt Weston, 40, was killed by a roadside bomb on a foot patrol in Helmand province on August 30. His wife Joanne had just had a baby, Rose, to add to the couple’s two older daughters, Jasmine and Poppy.

We hope that Carterton sees significantly less repatriations that did it’s predecessor Wooton Bassett and that Sgt. Weston’s repatriation isn’t the first of many but is the first of as few as possible. Our thoughts go to Sgt. Weston’s family and loved ones.