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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.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
And you Alan.
Tuesday 23 November2021 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   and you both - that makes three, any more out there ???

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Still here Terry, have a good one
Tuesday 23 November2021 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I presume everybody is alive and kicking and lookinf forward to Xmas.
Wednesday 17 November2021 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Yes Terry some of us are still hanging in there - hope you are well.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Cheers Keith. Rx'ed message from Graham.Power of the site.
Monday 11 October2021 - Bournemouth

Webmaster comments   Great

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris White still lives in Bournmouth I have his contact details if you need them.
Sunday 10 October2021 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Graham Harrison ex 9 sqn | graham~AT~stacker~DOT~me~DOT~uk
looking to contact Chris & Mo White [neighbours on Pegasus village] who left the sqn shortly after his tour in Borneo 1964? to join the Bournemouth Police. Can anybody help?
Saturday 9 October2021 - Bournemouth?

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Graham, we don't mind 9 Sqn !!! I am sure Chris will be reading this in the next couple of days so expect to hear from him. If not I will contact him for you.

Jimmy Campbell
Thank you for your response to the NMA request. So far I have positive responses for c20 so will go ahead and organise a decent lunch. Will be in touch. Jimmy
Tuesday 5 October2021

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Now that we are back to some sort of normality the NMA is open for business and I will once again host our get-together for Armistice on Sunday 14th November. As usual I will organise an after service lunch for those who wish to attend. Please let me know by email if you are attending and wish to have lunch. Stay safe.Jimmy
Tuesday 28 September2021 - Burton on trent

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
As Caythorpe still seems to be going ahead as normal apart from the serving Squadron not been there I and a few other old comrades will be attending Going with Chris White and Tom Moorhouse from the 2nd Sept to the 5th September, hope to see a few of you there. The village fete is still going ahead.
Tuesday 17 August2021 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
216 members, just received this message from Caroline Hatchman.
My Dad's memorial is being postponed due to our Nan currently being in hospital very poorly. We don't have a new date that I'm aware of as yet but we will update you once we do. Can you please pass in the information to anyone you know is due to attend! Thank you
Monday 16 August2021 - Burton on Trent

Tom Whiting | tomwhiting~AT~tiscali~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Regarding Brian Earl's suggestions for a mini reunion in leu of Caythorpe's how about the Victory or the Union Jack Clubs at Marble Arch and Waterloo London respectively. The room rates are very reasonable
Saturday 14 August2021 - Croydon

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just recieved a message from 216 to inform me that Caythorpe is cancelled for this year so will be looking to try and arrange for a mini reunion somewhere. Anyone got any suggestions?
Tuesday 3 August2021 - Ryton

Webmaster comments   Thanks for the input Brian

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Hi alI, Hope you’re keeping safe and well. Zara Hatchman would like to have a memorial service for Paul on 22nd August. Can you help push this out to the Airborne Signals family. Details are 2pm on Sunday 22nd August. The address is St John's Walton, Walton Back Lane, Chesterfield S42 7LT Derbyshire. Please let me know if you are planning to attend in order that we can manage the numbers.
Wednesday 28 July2021 - Burton on Trent

Tom whting
Hi, does anyone have any news about This year's Caythorpe.
Saturday 17 July2021 - Croydon

Webmaster comments   Hi Tom, I have emailed Margaret Watson for an update.

John Thompson | john~AT~airborneit~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi to all, Having a catch up with what is happening in the world of Parachute Signals. Sad to see more friends and colleagues have passed away over the last year my thoughts go out to all of their family and friends. Good to hear that the Sqn is still active and getting about the world. Off on a tour of Scotland in a Camper van this year so no quarantine hopefully. Has anyone heard from Eddie Newton in recent times, its been a while since I heard from or about him. I Think it was Scotch Corner Last time we had a pint together.
Thursday 1 July2021 - Catterick Village

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you John and I hope Eddie will read your message. Enjoy the trip

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Terry, yes still there, was looking at the Whitley Bay webcam the other day, you are a lucky boy! Had to make do with a quick trip to Saltburn, early morning, nobody around - great
Saturday 29 May2021 - Pateley Bridge

Larry Cardwell | David Cardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear that Ray (paddy) O Donoghue has passed on. Sincere condolences to his family and R.I.P. Ray.
Friday 28 May2021 - Longside

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Is there anybody out there? Hope everybody are ok and looking forward to a good summer.
Wednesday 26 May2021 - Whitley Bay

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just saw on facebook that Ray O'Donahue has passed away.Gutted! Remember going up the smoke with him to get a passport.Also jungle warfare training in Malaya with 16 Bde HQ and D Coy 3 Para.Rest in peace Ray.Teaching the Angels Iriwh jigs!Saki
Wednesday 26 May2021 - Hart Village Hartlepool

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe Reunion/Message from Major T S Harrison - OC 216 (Parachute) Signals Squadron

Dear Airborne Signallers,


I am delighted to be writing to you in the increasing hope that our Caythorpe aspirations may survive the frustrations of COVID. The interval since we last shared company has been difficult for all and I hope you and your families are well. Sadly, the intervening period has been punctuated by the loss of too many of our brethren and I welcome the opportunity to properly mark the passing of Lol Martin, John Jefferies, Jim Coffey, Wille Granitza, Ray Duffy, Ceth Williams, Ron Hart, Norman Horton and Paul Hatchman. Each and every one an emperor in their own right.

Whilst the year past has certainly changed how 16 Air Assault Brigade has gone about its business, it has given no quarter in the operational and training demands upon the Squadron. We have deployed soldiers and officers under silk canopies to Ukraine, supported the validation of the Brigade HQ, 2 and 3 PARA and, as I write, we are planning a full-scale overseas training exercise in Cyprus. Our soldiers continue to impress across technical, military and physical pursuits, bringing a formidable balance of professional competence and good humour.

As always, Caythorpe seeks to be a celebration our heritage and shared ethos. The village fete will run throughout Saturday with the Airborne Signals Reunion Dinner at Caythorpe Court that evening. The following day the serving Squadron will march through Caythorpe, hopefully joined as ever by our veterans, as a pre-cursor to our remembrance service.

On a personal note, the writing of this letter represents a bitter-sweet duty as I prepare to relinquish command of 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron in July to Major Liam Crane. Commanding our Squadron has been the greatest priviledge of my career and something I have aspired towards since I first stepped foot in Merville Barracks. I have loved every minute of it, and am forever grateful for the unwavering support of the veteran community as I move to the back benches and join you in supporting my successor as he takes the Squadron forward at pace.

Please mark the Caythorpe dates (3-5th September) indelibly in your diary and let’s imbue this year with all the mounting anticipation since we last met. As ever, Margaret will keep us all on the straight and narrow with the detail accompanying this letter.

Go to it….
Monday 10 May2021 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   More details in Newsletters - to follow

Chris WHITE | Chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Wo1 Andy DUUN posted on the Squadron Facebook page yesterday that he had spent the afternoon ringing around and that Caythorpe Weekend is on this year. Weekend of 3rd September. Let’s all support this great weekend.
Sunday 25 April2021 - Bournemouth

Webmaster comments   Thanks for the input Chris, we will be contacting Andy for further details - watch this space.

Tom Whiting
Hi All,
Looking at the Fort Paull website for an update on what had happened to their Beverley I was please to find out that it has been saved by an anonymous benefactor and Martyn Wiseman Managing Director of Condor Aviation. Somewhere I have some photos of myself, Ron Hart, Bob Taylor, Tom Moorehouse and Mick Watkiss amongst others, formed up in a mock stick in the boom which I'll send to the webmaster when I locate them. Sorry to hear Caythorpe has been cancelled again. May be see you all there next year. Regards Tom
Saturday 24 April2021

Webmaster comments   Good news Tom - must Google Fort Paull


Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Happy St George's Day everyone.
Friday 23 April2021 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Likewise Terry - Take Care

Dave parker | watcot~AT~aim~DOT~com
Now Barnsey has been postponed hope to see a big turnout at Caythorpe fingers crossed. apart from usual aches an pain and a small dose of prostate cancer I'm looking forward to seeing you all.
Tuesday 20 April2021 - Halifax

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Dave. We are not sure if Caythorpes will happen this year but will follow it up in the next few weeks.

alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Chris,

You will have to use your left hand for the usual essentials
Thursday 1 April2021 - Pateley Bridge

Chris WHITE | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Move to back Bournemouth went well. Two flies in the ointment. One Sky won’t fit my broadband or wi fi until the 9th so no comms on hardline or on line. No TV until the 19th. Sky have been aa real pain in the butt. Secondly I slipped on my driveway in Wales a couple of days before the move. I landed on my right shoulder which I injured while walking with the lads in the Lakes some years ago. As soon as I arrived in Bournemouth Christina and family said,DOCTORS. As a result of hospital visit the Doctor said one word. Surgery. No movement above right elbow. No golf which is a pain
Stay Well All
Wednesday 31 March2021 - Bournemouth

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Chris but sorry to hear about your little problems.

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