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Military Ceremony In Windsor

The Military Funeral of
Lance Corporal Karl Shearer

Wednesday 23rd April 2003, 2.30pm

Karl Shearer

On Wednesday afternoon, members of the Household Cavalry were joined by the family and friends of Lance Corporal Shearer, 24, for a memorial service in Windsor at Holy Trinity and Garrison Church. The Household Cavalry marched from the regiment's Combermere Barracks to Holy Trinity Church, the garrison church of Windsor, for a service at 2.30pm. Afterwards the coffin was taken to Slough crematorium for a private cremation.


The Band of the Blues and Royals in Alma Road on their way from Combermere Barracks


Troops march in Alma Road on their way to Holy Trinity Church

The following statement was issued on The Ministry of Defence Web Site

The Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Mark van der Lande OBE, issued the following statement:

"For the second time in less than a week, the Household Cavalry Regiment grieves a lost soldier. Lance Corporal Karl Shearer died on operations in Iraq on Monday 1st April and another soldier remains very seriously injured. My sympathy and that of the whole Regiment goes out to his widow, Suzie, to their daughter and their families at this difficult time and to the family of the injured man. Karl was a popular and very able soldier whom I had recently promoted. He demonstrated the very best of what it is to be a soldier of the Household Cavalry and will be greatly missed.

"Both Karl and Lance Corporal of Horse Matty Hull, who was killed on 28th March, were brave, courageous men who died doing their duty serving their country under very difficult conditions. They and their comrades in D Squadron have been heavily involved on operations in Iraq showing outstanding courage, determination and professionalism to defeat the enemy. My thoughts and those of the whole Regiment are with the Squadron and their families.

" In the meantime, I ask that the Regiment and our families be left to grieve our losses in peace".

Karl's widow, Suzie, said:

"Karl was a very loving, supportive husband and father. He was a wonderful son and brother. He was loved very much and will be missed terribly".

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TV cameras were present outside the church and a number of Windsor residents watched as the band of the Blues and Royals accompanied by some 200 soldiers marched to Holy Trinity Garrison Church, returning an hour or so later to barracks after the service.

Leaving the church

The coffin leaves the church

Leaving the church 2

Karl Shearer's coffin is placed in the hearse


The hearse departs for Slough Crematorium

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