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Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Louis a legend RIP
Sunday 5 November2017 - Ryton Tyne&Wear

William Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just read about Louis Golden's death and his obit in Times. What a guy, he was one of last Arnhem survivors. I look forward to his Military obit.
Saturday 4 November2017 - Great Yarmouth

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Louis Golden

Many of you may remember Louis from the Caythorpe reunions.

Louis (pronounced Lewis) Golden has just died. He has been an enormously generous benefactor of good causes around Petworth and further afield including, among many others, the British Legion.

He was one of the earliest red beret signals officers in WW2 and I believe was involved in Sicily and at Arnhem

His obit can be found on the following link :

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lewis-golden-obituary-22w79zp8p?shareToken=4aeadf68ad54ac2b14812198a0c570e3

Additional note : Private family funeral in London; memorial service at Petworth in due course.

Saturday 4 November2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Yet, another sad entry - you will need to copy and paste the link to your browser.

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Scouse Beswick's passing I enjoyed his company at thw last few meetings he attended. RIP
Wednesday 11 October2017 - Scotland

Billy Irwin
Details of Frank Beswick Funeral arrangements,St Bartholomew Church Rainhill Liverpool at 11AM Tuesday 17th October. Further information contact Mick Godfrey on 0161 4277701 .Regards to all Billy Irwin.
Wednesday 11 October2017 - southport

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Rest in peace Frank. You will be in the company of some very good friends. Jacko
Tuesday 10 October2017 - Aldershot

Geoff Guy | Geoffguy~DOT~gg~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Have received a message from a 2 Para mate of mine that a David Emmess has passed away. He is thought to be ex Airborne Signals, does anyone on this site have confirmation of this being the case.
Monday 9 October2017 - Bradford

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
RIP Frank
Monday 9 October2017 - Ryton Tyne&Wear

Gfteglife | drga5gf0i~AT~aol~DOT~com
Superb Web site, Keep up the beneficial work. Thanks for your time!
Monday 9 October2017 - Burkina Faso

Georgina Thompson | itsGeorginaOx518~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Im trying to find some friends of my nana & grandad Edith Wilkey And Anthony "Tony" Wilkey from the paras Gibbo, Alen , Skelly, Radar, Blakie there are lots more names but my mam can't remember them my nana and grandad Ran the globetrotter the Alexandra and the unicorn all between 1974 to the 80s just wondering if anyone can help
Sunday 8 October2017 - England

Webmaster comments   Brings back memories....

Ralph Porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
It is deep regret that I have to inform you all that Frank Beswick has died no details as yet. I first met Frank in Ellis Barracks he always attended the Airborne weekend. Rest in peace Mate
Saturday 7 October2017 - United Kingdom

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Craig, Very many thanks for the update. I have now sent a note to David's business e-mail in the hope I can make contact. Peter
Wednesday 4 October2017 - Bredon, Worcestershire

craig treeby | craig~DOT~treeby001~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Further to my last, just received the following from Doug Laing, "My sister and husband are safe in Toronto after getting to Puerto Rica by boat. Very tearful but grateful to the Puerto Ricans who have been brilliant.
Everything wrecked no electricity, only cash as no electronics for purchases. Island devastated, difficult to see how they can overcome disaster of this magnitude. Apparently Britain say we cannot use £13 billion Overseas Aid as they don't qualify!!"
Hopefully they can now start getting their lives back together.
Thursday 14 September2017 - Abingdon

Craig Treeby | craig~DOT~treeby001~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I have received news from Doug Laing that David and Gail are safe but lost 50% of their house. A day ago I was told they were trying to get to Puerto Rico and fly to Toronto to join their daughter.
Wednesday 13 September2017 - Abingdon

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Has anyone heard from David & Gail Harris? Many will be aware that they live in the British Virgin Islands an area that was badly affected by the recent hurricane. I have tried to contact them via email but I suspect given the damage to the island's infrastructure it may be many months before we hear. If anyone has any news please will they let me know.
Tuesday 12 September2017 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   I understand both David & Gail are well but their house was destroyed.

Norman Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Looks like it wasn't meant to be this year. We missed Caythorpe Gutted ! What with getting our weekends mixed up, my sister going into hospital with suspected encyphalitis, Me doing a lousey "front left" landing on one of our pavements near here. The pavement won. Am now battered and aching all over. Not a good start to September. Mavis really gutted./ She was looking forwards all year. Anyway we hope you all had a great weekend and drunk the pubs dry! Looking forwards to the next one, and thanks to Margaret who was concerned about our absence. All the best to all, Norman and Mavis
Thursday 7 September2017 - Darlington

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Gents thanks for your assistance regarding the cap badge. I have now sourced one and am awaiting delivery.
Tuesday 5 September2017 - Horsham West Sussex

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I had a great time at Caythorpe, I would like to thank John Aspinall and Ray Duffy for the work they put in on our behalf. Also all 216 personnel involved, with a special thanks to Capt Graham Lancaster.
Monday 4 September2017 - Scotland

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Lovely to catch up with everyone at Caythorpe. Special place. Next on the horizon is Armictice at the NMA on Sunday 12th November. Bit special this year as I understand John Aspinall would like to 'dedicate the bench' which is now in place by our tree. As always we will have a nice lunch after the events at the NMA which is another opportunity for a catch up with Airborne pals. Please email me ASAP and let me know if are planning to attend and if you want to be included in the lunch. Jimmy
Monday 4 September2017 - Burton on Trent

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
I have a couple that belonged to Eric Rose problem is when would I see you to give you one I don't think Eric would have minded
Monday 4 September2017 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Webmaster comments   Hello Bernie, I guess this one is for you.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Margaret WATSON runs the Sqn PRI sells everything you may want and more. 01206815238.
Monday 4 September2017 - Llanelly Hill

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Bernie, seems to be a few badges available on EBAY
Saturday 2 September2017 - Yorkshire

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Gents, I'm trying to get hold of a Signals cap badge. I've tried a couple of websites but to no avail. If anyone has a spare they don't need I would much appreciate it.
Friday 1 September2017 - Horsham, West Sussex

Webmaster comments   Hello Bernie see my email.

James Alderson | alderson_james~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I am trying to get hold of an old friend of mine called Mark Baker. Who served in 216 PSSquadron in the 90's. If anyone has his details please let me know thanks
Friday 11 August2017 - Australia

Paul Richardson | francolab~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Anyone in Arnhem 18.09.2017? Hello all. Alison and I are returning from a visit to friends in Austria and will be driving back through Holland on Monday September 18th so have decided to stay in Arnhem for the night. If anyone from the OCA will be there that afternoon/evening and would like to meet up for a drink, please email me. We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Nieuwe Oeverstraat 50 which is not too far from 'the bridge'. All the best. Paul.
Wednesday 9 August2017 - North Yorkshire

Webmaster comments   Paul's email francolab@btinternet.com

Colin Bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Hi Chris, I have booked to go to Caythorpe, see you there
Sunday 6 August2017 - Knaresborough

John duffy | Anneandjohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Last night I was in Merville Bks for 2 Para inter company boxing finals.
In the 7 bouts, there was 1-ko, two fights were stopped by the ref, three unanimous verdicts and 1 split decision. As you can see a superb night of boxing by some excellent young boxers. Bodes well for the Btn winning back the army major units trophy. After we had a few beers in 2 Para's Sgt Mess, followed by the usual "Ruby Murray" - Happy days!!
Friday 4 August2017 - Clacton on sea

Webmaster comments   Brings back fond memories John

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
How many are going to CAYTHORPE. Chris.
Tuesday 1 August2017 - LlanellyHill

Webmaster comments   Unfortunately can't make it this year, taking the grandchildren to Pembrokeshire. The 4th August is the cut-off for returns.

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray - Ralph and I paid our respects from us all, bit of a damp day, but nice service for him. Although did not go back for drink, (didn't think car would make it) crappy Ford's
Friday 28 July2017

Webmaster comments   Good to see someone made it - sounded like a nice guy.

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I served with Lt McGillivray in 33rd Signal Troop in 1952/3 and knew him very well later in the Corps. He gave me 3 days jankers for the heinous military crime of dust on the tent floor and which we laughed about years later. He was a soldiers soldier and ran a great troop. Too far for me to make it to the funeral but I will be there in spirit. RIP Sir.
Tuesday 25 July2017 - Great Yarmouth

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Sorry to hear about Mr. MacFarland he was a good OC when I was in the Squadron would have liked to have gone to the funeral but have a doctors appointment that day. RIP
Monday 24 July2017 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Lads, this just up the road from me, So will be there on Wednesday to see him on his way, and pass on condolence from us all.
Monday 24 July2017 - Moorview Road

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Subject : Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray

Dear Stan,

We thought you’d like to know that Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray O.B.E. (390702) of Richmond, North Yorkshire died peacefully on Saturday 15th July, aged 89, surrounded by his beloved wife Sylvia and children Fiona and Andrew. ‘Black Mac’ served with The Royal Signals, 16 Ind. Para Bgd and 33rd Airborne in Egypt, Cyprus, Aden, Germany, Turkey and in the UK. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Service at Darlington Crematorium on 26th July at 11.45 a.m. followed by a reception at The Kings Head, Richmond from 1p.m. In lieu of flowers there will be a collection for Bethesda, a charity in Stornoway that he supported with his bagpipe playing.

Everyone who knew him is very welcome.

We’d be so grateful if you could pass this news on to anyone in the Airborne Signals Old Comrades Association who knew him, as the times he spent serving with the airborne and the good fellowship he enjoyed throughout, were very close to his heart.

With best wishes

Andrew & Fiona MacGillivray
Sunday 23 July2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Sad news once again

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Have had a few more proformas returned "not at this address" for the reunion. Have managed to sort a couple but does anyone know the whereabouts of Jim Bain, John Parker,Dennis Lappin, John Clarke, John Parsons and Peter Fearn?
Thursday 20 July2017 - Hereford

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Really sorry to hear the news about Arnie. Served with him in an infantry section with 1 Para in Aden. Top bloke. Guys, as the requests for contributions to obituaries continue can I make a suggestion. Go on to the appropriate Yougov website and download the form for requesting your military records. I have just recently done this and received the lot within a couple of weeks,free of charge. This will be a great help to whoever has to do the deed in the future. I am planning to do this myself in the next few months, write the obituary I mean, not die!! Take care.
Wednesday 28 June2017 - Burton on Trent

Webmaster comments   So please you are not thinking of leaving us just yet.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Request for Photo's -Dear Stan Stanley,


I am writing to you today on behalf of my Nan and Grandad. Unfortunately as of 2012 my Grandad, Graham William Bale, has been ill due to progressing Alzheimer's. It has been very distressing for all of us to watch him slowly deteriorate.


My Nan has asked if anybody has any pictures of my Grandad and if you could advise us on where we can get a flag with his regiment number on for his funeral. Thank you for the invites for reunions, but of course due to my Grandad being bedbound he cannot attend though i'm sure he would still love to. We will inform you in the event of his passing.


Kind Regards,
Connor Allbright
Friday 23 June2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Please contact Stan or Ray if you can help

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe Returns - The cut-off for returning your Caythorpe return is August 4th. If you intend going please have your return back to the Squadron as soon as possible.
Tuesday 20 June2017 - Worcestershire

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Stan, database has phone numbers for those two, will email
Tuesday 20 June2017 - Pateley Bridge

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Have had two proformas for the reunion returned "not known at this address" anybody know the whereabouts of Joe Mundy and Viv(John)Church? They didn't come to the reunion last year.
Monday 19 June2017 - Hereford

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Regret to inform you of the death of Arnie McLaren last Fri in a Cafe in York. Unfortunately it was a heart attack. Some may remember him as a Staff Clerk in Bde HQ. He regularly appeared on the Remembrance Parade in York in his Red Beret. (Formally ex Parachute Regiment).

His funeral is on the 20th June. Details not yet known. Anyone available who wishes to attend the funeral – if they contact me (Ray) I will forward details.

RIP Arnie – another Airborne Brother lost.
Thursday 8 June2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Ray Duffy sent the above information with a photograph. Unfortunately we are unable to publish photo's on the Guestbook but I do recognize Annie from the late 60's.

Lin Cardwell | lin~DOT~cardwell~AT~outlook~DOT~com
I would personally like to thank everyone who attended Ray's funeral last Friday and those of you who could not attend, it is nice to hear you were thinking about him and our family. Thank you for all your cards and the Poppy Wreath. We all have our great memories. Many thanks and kind regards, Lin
Thursday 8 June2017 - Bridgwater, Somerset

Webmaster comments   Hello Lin, I think the Guestbook is a testament to how we regarded Ray - he was a good man. I would at sometime like to see an orbituary to his life - Please do not hesitate to give me a call if I can help.

John Duffy | annejohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry we couldn't make ray's funeral.
But I had to have an emergency eye op at moofields eye hospital in the city on the 21st of May. That ruled out any travel due to not being able to see hence our absence. My sight hasn't fully returned yet,but hopefully it won't be long. Nice to know Ray was given a good send off. RIP our Belfast bhoy.
Monday 5 June2017 - Clacton-on-sea

John & Lynn Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
Thank you to Larry, Lin,Donna, Sean and Nick.

We were proud to be at Ray's funeral you did him proud.
Monday 5 June2017 - Hereford

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Greetings to my Airborne brothers. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Cardwell family, Ray's wife Lin and his children Sean, Donna and stepson Nik to thank everyone for the beautiful and comforting comments about Raymond. To all the Royal Corps of Signals and the Airborne Signals and attached Arms who attended the service and paid their respects. Special thanks to Craig Treeby who recited the Airborne prayer and Bill Parker who read the eulogy. Not forgetting Keith Weller for his sterling work on our website. Believe me it made an already difficult weekend that little bit easier. God Bless you all from the Cardwell family. R.I.P. Raymond.
Monday 5 June2017 - Longside Aberdeenshire

Webmaster comments   Thank you Larry

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Larry, I was so sorry to hear of Ray's death and very sadly was unable attend his funeral. I hope many of his old friends managed to make it and you were all in my thoughts on the day. We shared many good times together and I fondly remember eating your Mother's wheaten scones when we were all in Lurgan. He was a good friend to me and many others and we will all miss him. Peter
Sunday 4 June2017 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear the news about Ray. My sympathy to all the family. RIP brother.
Friday 2 June2017 - Scotland

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Hi Larry, so sorry I'm unable to attend the Funeral of your brother Ray.After recent knee surgery still unable to drive.both Midge and myself will be thinking of you all tomorrow.Speak to you soon and our very best wishes to you Lin and all the Caldwell family.
Thursday 1 June2017 - Southport

Derek Brummie Dove | lizdove09~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Just returned from holiday so sad to hear of the sad passing of Paddy Cardwell good friend many happy memories RIP
Wednesday 31 May2017 - Birmingham

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Larry, Sadly I will not be able to attend Rays funeral but will raise a glass or three in Rays memory. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Ray, you are at peace now in the company of many of your airborne brothers. R.I.P. Jacko
Tuesday 30 May2017 - Aldershot

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Aden 1967 - were you there. This year marks the 50th anniversary of
1 PARA’s operational tour in Aden and the tactical withdrawal on 29 Nov 1967 and it is planned to hold a reunion for all those members of the battalion and attached Arms, who took part in this tour. The venue is Aldershot over the weekend Saturday 28th (optional) & Sunday 29th October 2017. Most ex 1 PARA officers have already registered an interest in joining us, but we still have a few gaps and would very much like to have a full ORBAT for this our last reunion, so please contact John Carey jmc9365@msn.com who will send you full details in a few weeks. Costs are only likely to be £5 per head for 28 Oct and £10 per head for 29 Oct.
Monday 29 May2017 - Worcestershire

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