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Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Its been going as long as me!!!
Monday 27 June2022 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Yah, but you weren't there at the start Terry!!!

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
80th Anniversary of Airborne Forces

Please see Our News Letters for further information on above.
Monday 27 June2022 - Worcestershire

John Thompson | John~AT~airborneit~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just been thinking about 40 years ago.(I was with 3 PARA on Longdon)
Last night (back then) scouse Jones came up on 3 para radio asking for someone to pass on a message, I immediately told the boss he is legit as I knew his voice and confirmed he was Reg (264). I passed message up the chain. Met him in Stanley couple of days later
Monday 13 June2022 - Catterick

Webmaster comments   Thanks John, I wonder if there any more stories of that time ?

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Minutes of 2022 Reunion & Caythorpe 2022 Return

Please note the above docs are now on the website in "Our Newsletters" Please have your Caythorpe return back to Margaret as soon as possible.

I would also like to add a note of thanks to all those involved in the organisation of the reunion and in particular Stan & Deanna as they stand down after three years and hand over to Tony & Mel for 2024 - good luck.
Tuesday 31 May2022 - Worcestershire

Bill Goss | William-goss~AT~sky~DOT~com
Sad to hear about Frank.We did the 5day drive Famagusta Suez Akaba Petra Amman 58 Frank always had a cheeky smile
Wednesday 25 May2022 - BERKHAMSTED

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Another fantastic weekend in the company of the finest and their good ladies. Many thanks to all who made it possible. May God Bless you all. Slainte
Monday 23 May2022 - Longside

Webmaster comments   Good to chat with you Larry

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the passing of Frank McGurke. we shared the same billet in Barossa Bks.in the 50s He somehow managed to secure an MG Roaster and it was his pride and joy. RIP Frank.
Friday 20 May2022 - Hampshire

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
RIP Frank.
Tuesday 17 May2022 - Whitley Bay

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of the passing of two of our Comrades I passed prepara with Ernie's help. I can't remember how many of us did P Company, but I was the only one to pass.

RIP Both.
Tuesday 17 May2022 - The Black Country

peter pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
To the Airborne Warriors who have recently passed away. R I P to you all. Will think of you all next Saturday
Tuesday 17 May2022 - wf13 4ex

Webmaster comments   Well said Peter

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi all just been informed by Frank Kelly that our old comrades Frank Maguirk passed away on Saturday served in the Squadron late 50s until about 1964 he was my det commander in Cyprus in 1961 with 2 Para
Monday 16 May2022 - Ryton Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   RIP Frank

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie, I didn't do pre para with him I was a bit before that but got to know him after. I had a couple of National Service guys. We ,like Rex, started with 24 and ended up with 4 passing and then only2 of us passed P coy. the other being Leon Lofthouse.[Lofty]. The last I heard of Sammy Leggat he was living in Farnborough. Great bloke. Keep well and safe
Tuesday 10 May2022 - Hampshire

Harry Houston | harryhouston~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Jim Methven
Monday 9 May2022 - Shifnal

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I remember the name Sammy Leggit but that's about all I remember he was in the Squadron at the same time as me but that's all I remember.
Sunday 8 May2022 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Does Sammy Leggatt ring a bell?
Saturday 7 May2022 - Whitley Bay

Rex,Paddy Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
So sorry to hear that Ernie has passed. He put me through prepara in early 60s. Thirty of us started and only two of us were sucessful. Tom Cullen was the other one who I haven't heard about since the troubles in Ulster. RIP Ernie
Saturday 7 May2022 - Birmingham

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Rex.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Who else worked with Ernie doing pre para training in the 60's other than Rod C.?
Thursday 5 May2022 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   I just remember Rod who gave me a hard time, later we became best of friends. If I remember he went out for a short time and then re-enlisted as a TG Op.

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sad to hear about Ernie Hunter. He and Rod Cunningham beasted me around Farnborough and Aldershot for my pre-para course.
Wednesday 4 May2022 - Horsham West Sussex

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Rest in Peace Ernie. Memories from Ellis Barracks days
Tuesday 3 May2022 - Whitley Bay

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
A few rooms have become available at the hotel due to cancellations for ill health reasons. If anyone wishes to relocate at a cheaper rate to the Holiday Inn please let me know asap. Also, any donations for the draw on the Saturday evening would be gratefully received. Looking forward to seeing you all after such a long time.
Friday 29 April2022 - Hereford

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Monday 25 April2022 - ENGLAND

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Who's going to Barnsley?
Thursday 7 April2022 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   That's a Yes

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Just a reminder for those who are attending the reunion in May please return your proforma as soon as possible. Several people have booked rooms and I have sent letters to them asking if they are attending. However, to date I have only received 2 replies. If you have changed your address or telephone number please let me know. Looking forward to seeing you all in May.
Tuesday 22 March2022 - Hereford

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Yes Keith, 80 in May.Still fairly fit between phumonia, hernia op and covid .k
Wednesday 2 March2022 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Let's hope it makes western politicians wake up and start spending on defence. They clearly have never heard what we hear in the ring "defend yourselves at all times"
Monday 28 February2022

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I think we are all too old to be called up now. Hope Ukraine succeeds.
Monday 28 February2022 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   I think you maybe right Terry and yes lets hope they do succeed. You must be knocking on 80 now ?

Chris Allen | ceejayallen~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
In 1969 some 216 personnel were sent to form E Tp of 244 Sigs with RAF paras from the Tactical Signals Wing at RAF Tangmere. I was one of those RAF paras, and I went on my first det to NI with Brum Bolas. I'd like to get in touch with him. I don't remember many of the RSigs blokes I'm sorry to say. There was Sgt McCullough, Cpl Mick Waterworth [who went AAC]. It was 53 years ago!
I was the nco i/c the Tactical Air Operations Centre Belize 1980/81, and I met LCpls Rick Exley and Dan [?] who were in my section on a six-week det.
Saturday 22 January2022 - Philippines

Webmaster comments   Who remembers Chris Allen and the lads that went to 244

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
The reunion at Barnsley on the 20-22 May 2022 is going ahead. If any of you are unable to attend and have booked rooms in the Holiday Inn please do not cancel direct with the hotel as I have a waiting list for rooms just let me know. Also, I will arrange for you to be reimbursed for the cost of your meal if you have already paid. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries. Looking forward to seeing you all in May
Friday 21 January2022 - Hereford

Ralph Porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Eric's funeral is on the 20th of January at 2pm at St Asaph Crem, Glascoed Road Denbighshire LL17 0LG.
Tuesday 11 January2022 - UK

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
so sorry to hear of Erics passing
Friday 7 January2022 - uk

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
The Following was received from Craig Treeby - 50th Anniversary of the Aldershot Bombing

50th Anniversary of the bombing by the IRA of the 16 PARA Bde Officers’ Mess. The bombing was an attack by the Official IRA on 22 February 1972 on the Officers’ Mess of HQ 16 Para Bde in Aldershot and was claimed as a revenge for the so called ‘Bloody Sunday events a few weeks before. Padre Gerry Weston (RC Padre) was killed and six civilian staff (mostly female cleaners). Official IRA member Noel Jenkinson was convicted and imprisoned for his part in the bombing. To mark this significant event the Aldershot PRA are holding a special event consisting of a Drumhead service (1200), unveiling of a new memorial on the site of the atrocity and a short march past of veterans. The day will conclude with a light lunch (sponsored by SODEXO) in the Garrett’s Sports Club House. If you would like to attend this (free) event, please contact either Stuart Hepton of Iain Rodgers (respectively President and Chairman of the Aldershot PRA) on stuart.hepton583@icloud.com or iain.rodgers1@btinternet.com ASAP.

Craig goes onto say that Dave Harris is not a well man and would appreciate hearing from old friends.

Wednesday 5 January2022 - Worcestershire

p m pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear about Eric. I joined the army at the same time as Eric.He was one of the best. R.I.P. Mate
Tuesday 4 January2022 - Dewsbury

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I keep trying to picture Eric but unable to but I obviously knew him RIP Eric there will be a few old comrades up there in Vallhala waiting for you to get the drinks in.
Tuesday 4 January2022 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the death of Eric.
Mary my condolences are with you at this time. Eric and Mary were neighbors for some time at Ellis barracks and Liz and Mary were great friends. I first meet him in Barroso Barracks I think. RIP.
Monday 3 January2022 - Hampshire

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Happy New Year to everyone. I am recovering from pnuemonia and the subsequent herrnia caused by severe coughing, but yesterday both Viv and I have tested positive to this bloody covid.So we are now in isolation. It can only get better hopefully.
Sunday 2 January2022 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Get well soon Terry - Happy New Year mate.

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
RIP Eric. Another Brother Lost but not Forgotten.
Sunday 2 January2022 - The Black Country

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
RIP Eric.
Friday 31 December2021 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
You were a bit before my time but I do remember you in the stores at Arnhem Barracks. RIP Eric
Thursday 30 December2021 - Pateley Bridge

Derek Dove (Brummie) | lizdove09~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Hi all, it is with a heavy heart that I have been asked by Mary Thomas to pass on the sad news that our comrade Eric passed away on Christmas Eve after an illness. I will post the details of the funeral as I have them.Our sincere condolences to Mary and her extended family.
Mary's phone number is 0792 8793932 if anyone would like to message her.
Monday 27 December2021 - England

Webmaster comments   Very sad news Brummie - R.I.P. Eric

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Friday 24 December2021 - Darwen, Lancashire

Webmaster comments   Merry Christmas Gus

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Here's wishing you all a happy Xmas & New Year. Look after yourselves & loved ones.
Friday 24 December2021

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Barry - Merry Christmas.

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all next year. Best wishes from Stan and Deanna
Friday 24 December2021 - Hereford

Webmaster comments   Merry Christmas Stan/Deanna

Chris WHITE | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Wishing all my Airborne Brothers a Very Happy Christmas and a Safe and Healthy New Year.
Thursday 23 December2021 - Back In Bournemouth

Webmaster comments   Take Care Chris

Alan | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I think I've told you before about this obsession with the hoover Dave, it's not a Bren! (hoover hooves a few more hooves, hoover stopped, bag off, clear obstruction, bag on, carry on hooovering. All the best mate
Wednesday 22 December2021 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Nice one Alan, sounds like you are a very established Hoover man - Merry Christmas.

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Wishing you and your families a merry Christmas and a healthy and safe new year. Look forward to seeing you at the reunion.
Tuesday 21 December2021 - Aldershot

Webmaster comments   Good to see you at the Arboretum Dave - Merry Christmas Mate.

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just had a Hernia op done under local. Back home now with strict instructions "No Hoovering" for 2 weeks. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you all. Stay safe, Saki
Tuesday 21 December2021 - Hart Village Hartlepool

Webmaster comments   Thanks Saki, get well soon.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Veterans ID card - would you like to support a Veterans ID Card. Go to the following link :


Just copy and paste.

Tuesday 14 December2021 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Thank you Ian D

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
All the best Brian
Tuesday 14 December2021 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
And the same to you Brian and everyone else.
Monday 13 December2021 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Best Wishes Terry.

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Here's wishing all my old friends and old comrades a very Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year
Monday 13 December2021 - Ryton

Webmaster comments   Thanks Brian and the same to you mate.

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