THE family of a Royal Military Policeman from Brackley killed in Afghanistan in 2009 gathered at the war memorial this week as a leading member of the corps began a 2,000 mile charity bike ride.
Following a service at St Peters Church the family of Cpl Nicholas Webster-Smith followed Col Dudley Giles to the piazza to lay a wreath at the memorial.
Cpl Webster-Smith’s father Rick said he was overwhelmed by the turnout which included around 15 members of the corps.
He said: “We were originally told it would be a small thing but they have made a great effort.”
Mr Webster-Smith said his family had not been in Brackley long but had received great support from the town and added: “He was a great son and the family and I are very proud of him.”
Best friend Cpl Marc Donelly was among the pall bearers at funeral in November 2009. He said his friend was ‘just cheeky,’ and played a big part in keeping up the morale of his comrades.
He added: “Nick was always laughing and messing about.
“He was the guy you wanted around when everyone else was reticent.”
Col Giles will be visiting all 22 graves of RMP officers killed in Afghanistan over the next four weeks and hopes to raise £20,000 for the RMP Benevolent Fund.
He also commented on the support Brackley has shown Cpl Wesbter-Smith’s family.
He said: “Speaking to the family, the way Brackley responded was fantastic, they felt like they’d been here for a life-time.”
Col Giles said he wanted one last physical challenge before he ends a 33 year career with the corps.
Cpl Webster-Smith was shot by a rogue Afghan policeman in the Helmand Province in November 2009.
To support Col Giles visit www.mycharitypage.com/RedcapRemembrance2011.