Halton detective takes part in Queen’s funeral procession


Published September 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Halton Regional Police D/Sgt. Mark Brewster, second from the left, marched in Monday’s historic funeral procession for Queen Elizabeth II. HRPS PHOTO

A Halton Regional Police detective was front and centre Monday as Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in London, England.

Mark Brewster, detective with the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau and the Regimental Sergeant Major in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Army Reserve Regiment), had the honour of marching in the historic funeral procession for Britain’s longest-reigning  monarch.

After the service was held at Westminster Abbey, where she was married in 1947 and crowned in 1953, the procession took the Queen’s coffin through the streets of London to Windsor Castle for a committal service at St. George’s Chapel.

Thousands lined the streets and tossed flowers while millions more tuned into the funeral live on television.

“We thank you for your service,” Halton Regional Police tweeted out Monday afternoon on Brewster’s contribution to the funeral procession.

Brewster started a career with the Halton Regional Police in 2010 and is currently a detective within the 1 District Criminal Investigations Bureau.

He joined The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry in January of 2000 as a private soldier and quickly rose through the ranks, being promoted to Sergeant in 2006, Warrant Officer in 2009 and Master Warrant Officer in 2014.

Brewster has a good deal of operational experience in Canada and overseas. He deployed to Afghanistan under Operation ATHENA in 2003 as a corporal. In 2005, as Master Corporal, he went to Bosnia under Operation BOREAS as part of the Human Intelligence cell.

He deployed once again in 2010 with Canada under Operation CADENCE, as part of the protection force for the G8 summit.

He has held key company appointments within the RHLI including fulltime operations Warrant Officer, and as company sergeant major in both B Company in Hamilton and C Company in Burlington.

Brewster also was appointed as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the RHLI in November of 2017.

The Halton D/Sgt. is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) as well as the General Campaign Star (Afghanistan), Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, and the European Security and Defence Policy Service (ESDP) Medal for his tour in Bosnia.

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