Ministry of Defence: Stop the Demolition of the Chapel of Rest at RAF Lyneham

Ministry of Defence: Stop the Demolition of the Chapel of Rest at RAF Lyneham

    1. Sarah Razzer O'Connor
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Razzer O'Connor

      Cambridge, United Kingdom

In 2005 my brother, Sergeant Bob O’Connor, was killed when his Hercules plane crashed in Iraq.

It was a devastating time for me and my family. Like many families whose loved ones were returned to RAF Lyneham, we had the need to say our most private and intimate conversation hidden from the world. Many families do this in the Chapel of Rest.

It is a quiet, reflective place where families can say their first words to their hero since they last saw them alive, offer a touch, recall a memory cocooned from the world before they embark on their final journey, often through Royal Wootton Bassett.

Without telling any of the bereaved families, the MOD has decided that the Chapel will be demolished.

They have told us that it’s “just a building” and that it is a “temporary structure” which has to “make way” for new buildings.

This building has become far more than that for the families who have needed to use it. This is about the legacy of British service people who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

I’m calling on the MOD to keep that chapel of rest, to keep that place of sanctity. It has been called a safe haven by bereaved parents, it has been called a sacred place.

Please join me in urging the MOD to review this decision.

To:
Stop the Demolition of the Chapel of Rest at MOD Lyneham

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • dennis hanakin BARNOLDSWICK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 3 months ago

      Ex service man 10years in army

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    • Pamela Coates DRIFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      Family members in forces and the role of the chapel is important

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    • Terri Clarke SWINDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      We don't have many places like this left, where grieving families can go and be alone and get some peace. Please don't take that from them.

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    • Tom Richards WATFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      My father my neice and her husband were and still are in the RAF fighting for and serving this nation. Who in hell has taken this decision please name shame and with my blessing deport.

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    • Ron Bull AUSTRALIA
      • 4 months ago

      Another disgraceful decision by the MOD

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