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Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Bob try Brian Earl
Saturday 25 January2020 - Llanelly Hill

Bob Mills | bobsuemills~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Left it too late to book in for the reunion.Thought a family wedding was on the cards.Anyone willing to share a room.
Friday 24 January2020 - dorchester

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I would like to attend Mick’s funeral if the family will allow.
Wednesday 15 January2020 - Aldershot

Andy Seery | andyseery~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Dear all,
Ralph Porter directed me here and it was great to read some of the comments and even see some of the names I remember growing up hearing about. My old man was my best friend and a great teacher and life will never be the same without him. Saying that he had more lives than the Cheshire cat and lived each one to the full. He had battled so many life changing illnesses that would have put lesser men in their box years before and even days prior to his passing was tidying the garden. His death came very quickly and at home (which is exactly as he wanted) and I believe he knew it was imminent but he faced it with great strength and dignity and was still that stubborn bugger you all knew so well 50 years ago! In his head he was still 21 and ready to leap from one of those Hastings, Beverly's or Argosy flying buckets! He will be dearly missed by Val and all who knew him but know he has new wings and I bet he will be free falling into some great boozers in the big beyond.
Monday 13 January2020 - Nuneaton

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Andy at this sad time, perhaps you would like to say a few words about your Dad once things have settle a bit.

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Mick Seery funeral details - Wednesday 29th of January at 1230 hrs St Christophers church Farnborough. Internment at Ships Lane cemetery Farnborough. Drinks at the Fox public house Farnborough
Monday 13 January2020 - UK

Chris WHITE | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Is there any information in relation to Mick Seerys funeral yet.
Monday 13 January2020 - Llanelly Hill

Eric Thomas | thomasme65~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mick Seery.My wife Mary and I were great friends of him and Val in the 60's and have always stayed in touch over the many years since then. RIP Mick. Eric Thomas(Tomo)
Sunday 12 January2020 - Rhyl

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Just got a call from Barrie ( freddy ) Mills that John(brummie) Robson has died he was in the Sqn from 59 to 65 and with the M.T. His funeral will take place at Powke lane crematorium powke lane, Rowley registered. B65 OAD at 3.15 22 January 2020. The wake is at the swan pub long lane,Halesowen west Midlands B62 9jy.No contact was given but anyone in the Midlands area who would like to attend I will get back to Barrie for info.
Friday 10 January2020 - Southport

Pete bibby | Peter-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Mick's passing.Have a lot of good memories of times spent together in the early 60s. RIP Mick.
Tuesday 7 January2020 - Essex

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Sad to hear the news that Mick had passed away. Liz and I were good friends with Mick and Val back in the late 50s early 60s and went to their wedding. Our thoughts and prayers are with Val and family at this time RIP brother Gus
Monday 6 January2020 - Hampshire

p m pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Recall the day an armed robber burst into the bookies thus interrupting Mick studying form. Mick gave the guy a few well aimed punches . Good soldier and sportsman and will be sadly missed. R I P Mick Condolences to his family
Sunday 5 January2020 - dewsbury

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of Mick's passing we had some great times at Elles barracks in the 60's. RIP
Sunday 5 January2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Very sorry to hear about Mick Seery . He had a wry sense of humour and wit. Another Airborne stalwart gone. RIP
Saturday 4 January2020 - Horsham West Sussex

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Micks passing he was a good friend during our Sqn days.I remember tabbing back from Hankley after parachuting,I had my kit and an A41 to carry I told Mick I had twisted my ankle so he took it off me for the rest of the tab.Back in camp I did a little jig and was laughing he chased me through the lines"pitty he caught me". So many fond memories.Condolances to Val and family also his relatives in Dublin at this very sad time R.I.P. Mick. NODDY & MIDGE.
Saturday 4 January2020 - Southport

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the Passing of Mick Seery,we shared many experiences in Elles back in the 60`s. RIP Mick
Saturday 4 January2020 - Walsall

Rex couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
So sorry to hear of the passing of Mick he was a great guy. We had good times in the early 60s. RIP Mick.
Saturday 4 January2020 - Birmingham

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
R.I.P. Mick.
Friday 3 January2020 - Whitley Bay

John duffy | Jackieduffy20~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I heard from an old army pal of mine, John Scott from Dublin,that Mick Seary passed away yesterday (2nd Jan 2020) Aged 77.
No other details are known as yet.
Friday 3 January2020 - Essex

Webmaster comments   Sad news once again, Mick's son was in contact with the OCA this morning and confirmed his death. More details to follow. R.I.P. Mick

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Happy New Year to one and all.Does anyone know if Margaret and the 216 PRI have been invited to the reunion at Barnsley in June?
Wednesday 1 January2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Paul O’Connell | pauloconnell205~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi folks,
With permission of the webmaster can we advertise an event which is being held in July 2020.
The North West Region of the PRA is hosting the 80th Anniversary of the foundation of Airborne Forces at Tatton Park Cheshire on 11th July 2020.
Tatton Park was the original drop zone for No 1 Parachute Training School. A stone plinth was erected overlooking the DZ in memory of over 40 parachutists who died during training descents there between 1940 - 45. It is proposed at the moment to hold a service, short parade in the park. Obligatory beer and refreshments tent. Displays from Red Freds, other military and service organisations being organised. Ticket entrance will be £5 per adult and £2.50 per child.Free quality packed lunch provided, admission to park will be waived for those attending. This is an event for ALL MEMBERS OF AIRBORNE FORCES past and present. Further details will be published in the new year once details have been finalised.
Regards ,
Paul O’Connell Tameside PRA
Tuesday 31 December2019 - Glossop

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Paul, always happy to oblige. Give us a reminder nearer the time.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Merry Xmas and a happy and healthy new year to you all.
Thursday 26 December2019 - Whitley Bay

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year to all members past and presant of the para sigs and all soldiers not with their families at this time of year. Talking to Ernie Hunter today and mentioned a few personalities of yesteryear.The one we came up with was a national service lad from Wigan circa 61/62. His name was Titch Heaton and the smallest soldier I ever met,he was 5ft in boots and probably came up to the shoulder of Wee Mac.we spoke about the great achievement of passing the squadron pre para then "P" coy at such a height my time on the "P"coy staff made me aware that being small is sometimes an advantage but Titch was a one off,he was line troop and great to be around I have tried to find him to no avail.Hope he's alive and well "great man"
Wednesday 25 December2019 - Southport

Ronald Hart | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all airborne forces anywhere in the world
Tuesday 24 December2019 - geordieland

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those that support our website. It was established almost 20 years ago and hopefully it will run a little longer with your help. When we were thinking of how we might introduce the Squadron we came up with the following - 216 Parachute Signal Squadron
recognised by most to be the finest Field Squadron the Corps ever produced. I am sure many would still agree.
Tuesday 24 December2019 - Worcestershire

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
A Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all the OLD and BOLD,
Tuesday 24 December2019 - Walsall

Webmaster comments   Thanks Jake - Do you ever remember that first exercise in Turkey we did together back in 1965.

David Ramsay | daveramsay~AT~aol~DOT~com
I attended the funeral of John Lynch together with Dickie Hudd and Harry Braid, also in attendance were members from The Eltham & Chislehurst PRA and the local Branch of the British Legion.
The funeral was held at Kemnal Park, Chislehurst on Tuesday 10th December 2019, followed by a reception at Royal Blackheath Golf Club. It was a fine and fitting service for a well respected man and there were many people in attendance representing the varied phases in his life.

John was a national serviceman, he joined the Signal Squadron, 16th Indep Para Bde Group in 1957 as a driver. During his service he was driver for the O/C Major Peat, and served in Jordan. Although John suffered with ill health over his later years he struggled on with grit and determination and to the surprise of many of his family and friends was able to celebrate his 81st birthday in August. He, like many of us always looked forward to the Caythorpe re-union, although sadly this year he was unable to make the journey. Those of us that knew John well will miss his positive approach to life and enduring sense of humour. R.I.P John.
Wednesday 18 December2019 - Hythe Kent

Webmaster comments   Thank you for letting us know David. The past 6 months has been a sad time for the old Squadron. RIP John.

John & Lynn Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
Keith we attended Jim Coffey’s funeral on December 10th in Shrivenham. Apologies to all we hadn’t realised that it wasn’t in the 216 domain. Bob O’Hara was present too and was well attended by other 216 members of recent years and other Regiments that he had served with. His sons David and Stuart spoke about his career and achievements.
Tuesday 17 December2019 - Hereford

Webmaster comments   Thanks for the confirmation John/Lynn, sad news once again. R.I.P Jim

Keith Weller | Keith~AT~keithwller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Jim Coffey - We have a report from Facebook that Jim Coffey died in recent weeks. More information would be appreciated.
Monday 16 December2019 - Worcester

John & Lynn Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
We attended Scouse’s funeral today along with Phil Kirk, Ralph Smith and Hugh Smith. It was an excellent service and was well attended by other local associations. Rest assured 22 did him proud.

Addendum to message Mick Horton and Trev Brooks also attended it was a pleasure to see them both.
Thursday 5 December2019 - Hereford

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I would echo your word about Scouse Bernie. I remember when training a team for a demo at Catterick (pretending the Squadron was full of unarmed combat experts), Scouse was a natural. Rod Cunningham also was imressed with Scouse when he took up boxing. Talented, tough. RIP
Sunday 1 December2019 - Pateley Bridge

Bernard Thomas | bernardthomas~AT~blueyonder~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Scouse arrived at 216 via Denbury and 16 Sigs Krefeld. We both did P Company together in June 67. On the log race he was immense kept the guy’s going at the front of the log. He was reason they got through. He pulled more than his weight that day. Good at football boxing and running, really good soldier and a tough nut RIP scouse.
Saturday 30 November2019 - Concorde Drive

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Mike Lumgair, Barry Wilbor and myself attended Norrie Hortons funeral at Darlington this morning.Good attendance of Veterans. RIP Norrie. Saki
Monday 25 November2019 - Hart Village Hartlepool

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Airborne News - From map reading to weapon handling and swimming to first aid, airborne signallers have competed against each other to be the best and earn the title ‘Super Tom’. Colchester-based 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron held a skills competition yesterday, with some 20 signallers competing for the Corporal Steven Dunn Trophy, named in honour of a soldier from the unit killed in Afghanistan in 2010.In full battle rig, the soldiers navigated their way around an individual circuit taking in stands that tested the full range of their physical, military skills and knowledge and leadership potential. Signaller Luke Platts emerged as the ‘Super Tom’


Some of the guys may remember The O’Morchoe as BM and Bde Comd, I certainly served with him in both capacities and recall him as totally unflappable, the only time I saw him angry was during the tragic drop by ( and in) the Keil canal.

Sad News Major General The O’Morchoe (David) Margaret survives him. He was commissioned into the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1948, promoted to Maj Gen in 1978 and retired in 1979. David held a variety of appointments among which were: BM HQ Para Bde Grp 1965-6, GSO1 and Col GS Staff College Camberley 1968-71, Comd 16 PARA Bde 1973-5 and Comd Sultan Oman Land Forces 1977-9. There will be a private funeral on 25 November and a memorial service at a later date. David The O'Morchoe was a past President of the Royal British Legion branch in the Republic of Ireland, and also President of the Leinster Regiment historical association and President of the Tipperary Remembrance Trust. He is the hereditary Chief and Prince of the Ó Murchadha (Murphy/Morrow) Sept, a cadet line of the ancient Irish dynasty the Uí Cheinnselaig, who were Kings of Leinster. David O'Morchoe was appointed a CBE in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List of the 2007 New Year Honours "for services to British ex-servicemen and women in Ireland". In September 2010, he was invested Knight of the Order of Saint Lazarus. Controversially he was suspended from his post as President of the RBL in Ireland in 1964.
Monday 25 November2019 - Worcestershire

Mick Dawson | michaelwdawson~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just to let you all know, I have just returned from a work based trip to the Falkland Islands. Our small party visited a number of battlefields from the 82 conflict. Of note we visited San Carlos Cemetery where Mike Forge and Joe Baker are laid to rest. I said a few words to Joe. A very poignant visit. We will remember them.
Sunday 24 November2019 - Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Mick, must have been an interesting and memorable visit. We surely will remember them.

Did you happen to get any photo's we might use on the website.

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I can confirm Barry's note below. Scouse McKee's funeral is on Wed 04 Dec at Hereford Crematorium. There is normally adequate parking on site but would still suggest anyone planning to attend arrive early.
Friday 22 November2019 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Eric Richards | erichards1 ~AT~sky~DOT~com
So sorry to hear Scouse has pass away had some good sparring session with him good guy RIP Scouse
Thursday 21 November2019 - Tamworth

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Funeral details for Scouse - Hereford crem at 1200 4th December.
Thursday 21 November2019 - moorview road

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Lt Col WE (Paddy) Lyske Airborne Signals has recently died. 216 PARA Signal Sqn are sending some serving representatives to the funeral, but his wife Louise has extended an invitation to all airborne veterans who may want to pay their respects.

Funeral venue – St Mary's Church, Putney, SW15 1SN

• Timings – 1400hrs, Friday 22 November
• Proceeding to Putney Vale Crematorium, Stag Lane, SW15 3DZ
• Wake – The Green Man Pub (apparently where Paddy and his wife Louise would meet during WW2), Wildcroft Rd, London SW15 3NG

William (Paddy) Lyske was born in 1921 and commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals. After volunteering for airborne forces in 1942, Lieutenant Lyske attended parachute training course number 13 at RAF Ringway between 4 and 21 May 1942. He was posted to the 1st Parachute Brigade Signals. Lt Lyske went on Operation Torch in North Africa. At some point he transferred to the 2nd (Independent) Brigade and went to Italy.

Then a Captain, Paddy Lyske went on Operation Dragoon to the South of France from aircraft No. 43 as 2nd in Command (2iC) of the brigade’s signals section. In October 1944, he went on Operation Manna, when the 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade group landed in Greece to harass the anticipated German withdrawal from the Balkans. Major (temp) Lyske served in Palestine and was mentioned in despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Palestine during the period 27th March, 1946 to 26th September, 1946.

Paddy was promoted to Lt Col in 1961, retired in December 1968 and eventually settled in Commack, Long Island, New York and only returned to UK in recent years.

Wednesday 20 November2019 - Worcestershire

John & Lynn Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Scouse passing was quite the joker especially after a few sherbets. A good guy RIP.
Tuesday 19 November2019 - Hereford

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Not sure how many of you knew him but I understand that Alex Kubu, Royal Signals has died. Big friendly large-as-life man from Fiji.
Tuesday 19 November2019 - Pateley Bridge

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear about Scouce RIP
Tuesday 19 November2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Larry cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sad to hear the news about Scouse McKee. He was a smashing footballer, boxer and all round sportsman as well as being an excellent soldier. Rest-in-Peace Scouse and our deepest condolences to his family. God Bless You Airborne Brother.
Tuesday 19 November2019 - Longside Aberdeenshire

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sad about Scouse. I knew him when he joined Iron Troop in Denbury then on to 216.
Monday 18 November2019 - Horsham West Sussex

Mick (Taff) Finn | exparasig~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Really sad to hear about the passing of Scouse, such a good soldier, Good friend will be sadly missed. RIP Scouse
Monday 18 November2019 - Wrexham

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Very sorry to hear of the death of Scouse, a good man with wicked wit, you will be missed - RIP.
Monday 18 November2019 - Darwen

Gary Denham | garydenham06~AT~icloud~DOT~com
Very sad news about Scouse . yet another taken far too early. RIP mate!
Monday 18 November2019 - Devon

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sad to hear about Scouse McKee. Fond memories .RIP Scouse. Saki
Monday 18 November2019 - Hart Village Hartlepool

p m pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Scouse Mckee,good sportsman, good soldier, good for a laugh. R.I.P Scouse.
Monday 18 November2019 - Dewsbury

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Very sad to learn of the passing of Scouse McKee. RIP airborne brother.
Monday 18 November2019 - Aldershot

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sad to hear about Scouse, tough, fit man. RIP mate
Sunday 17 November2019 - Pateley Bridge

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