Athens


Brigadier Stephen Saunders

8th June 2000

Brigadier Stephen Saunders


Senior politicians, diplomats and military officers have joined about 900 mourners at the funeral of Brigadier Stephen Saunders, the UK military attaché murdered in Athens. on the 8th June 2000. Brigadier Saunders was buried with full military honours after the service at Salisbury Cathedral, attended by his widow Heather, and their daughters Nicola, 15, and Catherine, 13.


Heather, Nicola and Catherine


Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, former Prime Minister Edward Heath and Chief of General Staff General Sir Michael Walker were among those who paid their respects.  The Marxist group November 17 said it killed the 52-year-old soldier on 8 June in response to the UK's role in the Nato bombing of Yugoslavia.  Brigadier Saunders' coffin, draped with a Union flag, was carried from the hearse by six pall bearers before being met by a Guard of Honour from his former regiment, the Royal Gloucestershire Berkshire and Wiltshire regiment. Brigadier Saunders' had served for 35 years in the British Army and planned to retire within three years.  He was shot dead by two people on a motorbike as he drove to work at the British Embassy in Athens.