Maj. Wheddon Laid To Rest With Military Honours

September 25, 2012

[Updated] Major Christian Wheddon was laid to rest today [Sept 25], with the highly respected Bermuda Regiment Officer receiving full military honours.

The flag draped casket — with Major Wheddon’s Regimental cap and sword placed on it — arrived on a gun carriage with a police escort. The casket was carried into the Anglican Cathedral on Church Street by an eight-man bearer party, while onlookers watched on silently.

During the service tributes were delivered by Bermuda Regiment Commanding Officer Lt/Col Brian Gonsalves, former Commanding Officer William White, and Major Georges Jones. All three of Major Wheddon’s siblings; Kim Wheddon, Mark Wheddon and Major Julian Wheddon also delivered tributes to their brother.

Governor George Fergusson, Premier Paula Cox, numerous Bermuda Regiment personnel spanning all ranks both active and retired, representatives from the island’s other services and various dignitaries were among those who came to pay their last respects to Major Wheddon.

After the service bagpipers lead the procession out of the Church, passing down the steps in front of a Regimental Guard, before the casket was placed on the gun carriage and taken to internment. Regiment personnel, including Commanding Officer Lt/Col Brian Gonsalves, saluted the casket as they exited the church.

The 43-year-old Bermuda Regiment officer was killed in a traffic accident on September 9th while on assignment in the UK.

Called a ‘soldier’s soldier’ by those that served with him, Major Wheddon joined the Regiment in 1987, where he rose to the rank of Major and served as the Adjutant of the Regiment in 2004-2008 and ADC to the Governor from 2008 – 2011.

During his service, Major Wheddon attended numerous specialist military training courses, to name a few: Platoon Commanders Battle Course, Intelligence Training, Canadian Militia and Staff course and Ceremonial Guns Officer. Major Wheddon had recently completed Advance Command and Staff College Course at the Joint Military Staff College in Shrivenham, and also served as part of the security force for the recent Olympic Games in London.

Major Wheddon is survived by his young daughter Katherine, his parents David and Margaret Wheddon, brothers Mark Wheddon and Major Julian Wheddon; his sister Kim Wheddon, and numerous other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the Wheddon family has asked that donations be made to The Bermuda Legion c/o The Adjutant of The Bermuda Regiment, P.O. Box HM 1006, Hamilton HM DX.

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  1. Terry says:

    A fitting tribute to a man that served his country well.
    May the family take solice in that.

  2. A great man says:

    I’m glad to see his country honoured him in this way. He was one of Bermuda’s greatest ambassadors.

  3. Get ready says:


    Thanks your work will never be forgotten..

  4. g-GURL says:

    God Bless HIS FAMILY !

  5. Capp says:

    Served with him in 88 and 89. Spent many weekends together running through the bush down at ferry reach. Had some really good memories that will not be forgotten. God bless and sleep well my friend.

  6. Johnboy says:

    Great pictures!!

  7. Petra says:

    Such a fitting tribute to a wonderful man. God bless his family and friends.

  8. Winnie Dread says:

    RIP Sir, last post…..

  9. Soldier Boy says:

    Rest in peace Maj. Wheddon, we first served together at T.S. Venture for four years, toured the UK and France on board TS Royalist and trained at UK naval bases for 3 weeks. We later reconnected in the Bda Regiment where we served our country together for 13 years.
    Your life was cut short, but your memory will live on.

    Blessings to you and your family.
    Uno Amor

  10. Red says:

    A huge loss….You will never be forgotten….Rest in peace Major, rest in peace.