FOUR BRITISH SERVICEMEN KILLED IN AN AMBUSH BY YEMENI TRIBESMEN DURING AN "ADVENTURE TRAINING" WEEKEND WERE BURIED IN THE MILITARY CEMETERY AT ADEN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AS BRITAIN ASKED THE UNITED STATES TO NEGOTIATE THE RETURN OF 18 OTHERS STILL HELD IN A DESERT FORT.
The four coffins being carried into the British cemetery in Aden.
The padres leading the funeral procession.
The procession moves through two lines of soldiers.
Soldiers look on.
The coffins, covered by Union Jacks are placed over the graves, while the senior padre the Reverend G.S. Marshall conducts the service.
A firing squad fires the last salute with rifles.
A bugler sounds the last post (camera pans to graves)
Afterwards wreaths are placed; the woman officer seen is Captain Pat Inson, who was released by the Yemeni tribesmen late on Sunday evening. She salutes each grave.
Friends of the deceased place wreaths.
G.V. of graveyard scene. (NOTE: These scenes are only approximate)
The four British Servicewomen who were released by the Yemenis, pictured in Aden today. Left to right; they are Capt Pat Inson; Flying Officer Iris Mountstephen; Sergeant Freda Bass (WRAF) and Senior Aircrafts woman Marie Carpenter.
C.U. Captain Pat Inson (hometown) 13, The Gardens, Heath Road, Halifax Yorkshire.
C.U. Flying Officer Iris Mountstephen, 14 Glen Park Gardens, St George, Bristol 5.
SGT Freda Base, 24 Kings Avenue, Old Trafford, Manchester 16
Cu. SACW Marie Carpenter, 13 Corfe House, Dorset Rd. Stockwell London
The four girls break up and go into press conference.
Various shots show the four girls (same order left to right) answering questions on their experiences put by British and Arab pressmen. They drink tea and eat biscuits while doing so.
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Background: FOUR BRITISH SERVICEMEN KILLED IN AN AMBUSH BY YEMENI TRIBESMEN DURING AN "ADVENTURE TRAINING" WEEKEND WERE BURIED IN THE MILITARY CEMETERY AT ADEN YESTERDAY (MONDAY) AS BRITAIN ASKED THE UNITED STATES TO NEGOTIATE THE RETURN OF 18 OTHERS STILL HELD IN A DESERT FORT.
WREATHS WERE LAID AT THE MEN'S GRAVES BY TWO OF THE FOUR SERVICEWOMEN WHO WERE RELEASED AFTER THE AMBUSH. THE MIXED PARTY OF SERVICE PERSONNEL MISSED THEIR WAY IN THE DARK ON SATURDAY AND CROSSED OVER THE BORDER INTO THE YEMEN FROM LAHEJ STATE.
ONE OF THE WOMEN WHO LAID A WREATH AT THE GRAVE SIDE WAS CAPTAIN PAT INSON OF THE WOMEN'S ROYAL ARMY CORPS WHO COMES FROM HALIFAX, YORKSHIRE. CAPTAIN INSON WAS HAILED AS THE HEROINE OF THE INCIDENT. BULLETS WERE WHINING ACROSS THE ROCK-STREWN WADI WHEN SHE CLIMBED FROM UNDER THE CONVOY'S LEADING LAND-ROVER AND STOOD SQUARE IN THE HEADLIGHTS. THE 35-YEAR-OLD OFFICER SHOUTED OUT: "WE'RE WOMEN. WHY SHOOT AT US." IN MINUTES THE FIRING DIED DOWN, THE TRIBESMEN ADVANCED AND DESPITE LANGUAGE DIFFICULTY WERE SOON FRIENDLY TERMS.
THE FOUR DEAD BRITONS WERE SHOT EARLY ON SUNDAY WHEN A SECTION OF THE PARTY WHICH HAD BECOME ISOLATED TRIED TO RE-ESTABLISH CONTACT. THE FOUR WOMEN RETURNED ON MONDAY WITH BODIES OF THE FOUR MEN. THE "ADVENTURE" GROUP CONSISTED OF 38 MEN AND EIGHT WOMEN AND 19 OF THE GROUP ESCAPED BACK OVER THE BORDER WHEN THE FIRING STARTED.
LATEST REPORTS REACHING ADEN ON THE FATE OF THE 18 MEN STILL CAPTIVE WAS THAT THEY HAD STAGED A SIT-DOWN STRIKE RATHER THAN MAKE A SIX-HOUR FORCED MARCH TO THE TOWN OF TAIZ FOR PUBLIC EXHIBITION. THE MINISTER OF DEFENCE, MR. PETER THORNEYCROFT, HAS ASKED THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, MIDDLE EAST, TO CARRY OUT A FULL INQUIRY INTO THE INCIDENT.