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Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi guys. Greetings from sunnyish Aldershot. Hope you and your families are all keeping well. Keith you are doing a tremendous job in enabling all of us to stay in touch . Without your support it is likely we would loose contact with our airborne brothers and their families. Your dedication is so very much appreciated .
Monday 29 June2020 - Aldershot

Webmaster comments   Thank you Dave, much appreciated. You always remind me of that Moorhen!

William Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi all.
The Corps is 100 years old today. It was a young 30 year old Corps when I joined in 1950. There were 7 training regiments then, now there is 1. Loved every minute served and now look up the Squadron Site most days. Keep up the good work. Tempus donít half Fugit.
Sunday 28 June2020 - Great Yarmouth

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Bill, hope to see you at the reunion next year.

Paul Richardson | paul~DOT~richardson12~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I was looking back through our pages to a post Keith put up on 6th Nov 2018 regarding absent friends. I don't know how long our pages remain on the guestbook but before the page in question fades into the ether I thought you all might like to look at the messages following Keiths' post and just remember again all our great comrades we have lost since the website was put up. Without Keith we could not do it.
Saturday 27 June2020 - North Yorkshire

Webmaster comments   Thanks Paul, a good reason to keep it going is to remember the guys we served with over the years and stay in contact through the testing times ahead. The only way we know the website is being used is if we see the odd comment from time to time. Your kind words are appreciated Paul.

Rex couch | Rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Keith, you do a brilliant job with the net. I view it most days and it is great to keep in touch with everyone. Hopefully the reunion will take place next year. Take care all.
Saturday 27 June2020 - Birmingham

Webmaster comments   Thank you for your comments Rex they are much appreciated.

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Like many others I log on to the Website a couple of times a week, but don`t post.Both Rachel and I keeping to the Guidlines about social distacing. Keep Well All .

Saturday 27 June2020 - The Black Country

Webmaster comments   Thanks Jake, good to know you are still
still around.

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hope everyone is keeping well, I follow the site several times a week - its good to keep in touch with everyone and keep up with news.
Thursday 25 June2020 - Darwen

Webmaster comments   Thanks Gus, much appreciated

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
well done Keith,not on often, but read it all the time.Like radio club AAJLR
Thursday 25 June2020 - Northallerton

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Barry, a voice from the past! AAJLR, I wonder how many of us are still around.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
No time to relax Keith, lockdown could last for years yet, Midge will be at your house by then
Wednesday 24 June2020 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Oh no, will she know the way back.

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Just got some wonderful news. Midge told me she's been doing some secret cardio vascular and fitness training, by jogging 5 miles a day. Just worked it out by end of lockdown she will be 150 miles away."chuffed or what"
Tuesday 23 June2020 - Southport

Webmaster comments   I'm sure to don't mean that Noddy

peter pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Truly hope that the web site survives as its a link to all the past members of a great squadron. Hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to next years reunion. Keep up the good work Keith
Tuesday 23 June2020 - dewsbury

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Peter

Gary Denham | garydenham06~AT~icloud~DOT~com
A quick note appropriately encouraged by Alan's comments to acknowledge and thank Keith for all he does in keeping the web-site alive. Like many I'm quite passive in my contributions but I log-on at least weekly to read individual's contributions which always bring about a period of reflection of the short but significant period I spent in the squadron. A belated but definitely due thank you Keith for maintaining the web-site so well and as a result enabling so many of us to maintain contact with former colleagues and friends. Your efforts are sincerely and most definitely appreciated by myself and doubtless all the site's readers and contributors. Cheers Keith and to all the site's reader's stay healthy and I look forward to seeing you all at next year's reunion.
Tuesday 23 June2020 - Devon, UK

Webmaster comments   Thanks Gary, I suspected we have some "passive" readers but nice to know who's out there.

Richard Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Good to hear from you all Sid, Brian, Dave, Dave. Good idea re regular posts to show who is still viewing the website, otherwise I suspect it will die a death given the effort Keith has to put in to keep it running
Monday 22 June2020 - Pateley Bridge

Dave parker | Watcot~AT~aim~DOT~com
I check the website every couple of days but rarely post a message. Not into Facebook and things. Would be sad to see it go its my only contact with oca apart from reunion which website promotes. Perhaps we should all try harder and post 3 or 4 messages per year. Best regards to all old comrades.
Sunday 21 June2020 - Halifax

Webmaster comments   Thanks Dave, I'm sure there are people out there just like you but nice to know.

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Linda and I are well and fed up with it all but complying to the social distancing. The idiots who aren't only prolong the agony.Best wishes and happy Fathers day to all.Saki
Sunday 21 June2020 - Costa de Hartlepool

Webmaster comments   Hi Saki, good to hear from you mate.

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just hoping all of you are well. Down here in leafy Somerset, things were generally quite with all this social distancing it more like everything is in reverse!! Nice to see people responding to the call to use our website for other than sad news!! Keep fit, keep well and keep drinking whatever your taste!!
Sunday 21 June2020 - Ciders Country

Webmaster comments   Keep drinking the cider Sid!

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi. all just checking in all well up here in the North East. Hope you are all well.
Sunday 21 June2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Let's see how many respond Keith, good to hear from you Bill
Sunday 21 June2020 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | Terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I would have thought it not for me to be posting chat considering all the personalities that was around in my time. I know life moves on but it would be ashame if the site had to close down because of lack of interest after all this time. Moan over!
Saturday 20 June2020 - Whitley Bay

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Taken Alan's advice.wondered how everyone is doing during confined to barracks? I dont think it will worry any of us too much having served in some of the far flung S---holes in the world.Someone thought I was Mick Jagger with my long hair so I decided to tuck it in my socks.This current isolation though does test a relationship.Midge and me booked a holiday in France & Italy once things get back to normal, she's going to France,Hope you are all well and stay well.With a bit of luck Me and Lee will see you all next year and all this madness should be history. Nod
Saturday 20 June2020 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Thanks Noddy, perhaps we should suggest a role call to see who's out there and how well you are getting on.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I fear that you are right Keith, suspect that people are using other means and only turning to the guestbook for bad news. I suppose all good things come to an end
Saturday 20 June2020 - Pateley Bridge

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Still fit and well at this end Terry, though unlike you, we miss the sea. Pity nobody else is posting messages
Friday 19 June2020 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Thank you Alan and yes this year may see the end of the website, difficult to justify if it is not used.

Terry Brown | Terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Hello everyone, I hope you are all keeping well and safe. Where have all the years gone?
Friday 12 June2020 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Terry, certainly a sobering thought but we are all young in our minds I hope!

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe 2020 - Please see following email from John Aspinall

Dear Keith and All,
I have been informed by the OC & RSM 216 that regretfully the decision to cancel the Arnhem Remembrance weekend has been made by all parties involved ( Village Fete & Arnhem Weekend committees, PGL for Catering & accommodation, Church council for the service and OC 216). It is hoped to hold a very small Vigil remembrance service ( 5 x Persons) by the Falklands Memorial on Sunday 6 September. Wreaths will be laid by OC 216 and myself on behalf of the OCA.
Keith could you be so kind as to place a notice on our Web site telling everybody that the weekend is cancelled, If anyone requires any further information, please contact me by these means.

Hope you are all keeping well and safe,

Fondest regards
Sunday 7 June2020 - Worcrstershire

Webmaster comments   Thank you John, hopefully we will All meet again at next year's reunion.

Chris Whie | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi All, Hope you are all safe and well
I put a post onto the 216 Facebook Page the other day about Mike Andrreou which created a great deal of interest. I was prompted by a FB conversation i had with Tommy Simpson retired 3 Para who does many good things for us in the Aldershot area. Tommy on a voluntary basis maintains the Airborne Plot at the Cemetery, I told Tommy that despite many attempts I had been unable to find Mikes grave. the following day Tommy with other went up to the cemetery to give it a regular clean up. He found Mikes grave and treated the Headstone and will now include Mike grave in his list of fallen Airborne Warriors Graves to maintain. Tommy asked me for Mikes back story. I do know that the late Pete Thornton did a load of research and published it on this forum. Cn it be retrieved.
Stay Well All
Tuesday 26 May2020 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Chris + thanks for the input.

Iankendall | Iankendall1048~AT~gmail~DOT~com
New Email address
Saturday 23 May2020

Martin Skipworth | martinaskipworth~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I am in the process of writing a piece for the Royal Signals Museum to mark the 6th June 1982 when Ssgt Joe Baker of 216 was killed along with Maj Mike Forge when the helicopter they were travelling in was shot down during the Falklands War. I am looking for some biographical detail relating to Ssgt Joe Baker from those who may remember serving with him in the 1970's/1980's. We know quite a lot about Mike Forge but virtually nothing about Joe Baker. Any help gratefully received.
Thursday 21 May2020 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Can anyone help Martin - was Joe ex Denbury. Please reply to :


John Thompson | John~AT~airborneit~DOT~co~DOT~uk
After some years I have been looking at the Sqn sites and sorry to say I am saddened by the names in the various In Memory lists. Big willy, Dick Hamilton and now Ray Duffy To remember Taff was very quick to spot the ring when Sheila and I popped into the George one evening.
Wednesday 6 May2020 - Catterick Village

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you John, yes it's been a very sad 12 months.

ERIC RICHARDS | erichards1~AT~sky~DOT~com
Sadly I will not be able to attend Ceth funeral my thought will with his family on such sad day
Monday 4 May2020

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Details of Ceth Williams funeral.
6th May at 1830hrs Rotherham Crem,Valley Road,S65 3NN
Thursday 30 April2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Thanks Brian

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of the passing of Ceth Williams a very nice man and I was proud to have known and served with him in the Squadron
Tuesday 21 April2020 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Sad news - RIP Ceth

Paul O Connell | pauloconnell205~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Folks, can I just briefly announce that the 80th Anniversary of Airborne Forces Celebration Day that was planned for July in Tatton Park has now been cancelled.
No surprises Iím sure there. Tatton Park is currently closed to the public and regretfully it has not been possible to meet the planning arrangements that would have been needed for this day.
The event has been rescheduled for July 2021, more to follow later this year. Regards to all, in particular the lads who I remember from 3 & 2 Para rear link dets in the 1970s and 80s.
Take care.
Paul OíConnell. Tameside PRA
Monday 13 April2020 - England

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Paul - Stay in touch.

Tom Whiting | tomwhiting~AT~tiscali~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Sorry to hear of Ron & Ray passing. Both were great guys. Condolencies to both families
Friday 27 March2020 - Croydon

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Chis and I raised a glass to two airborne warriors rest in peace Ray and Ron you will be missed
Friday 27 March2020 - uk

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I spoke to Carol this morning and she confirmed that Ray's funeral would be restricted to close family only with numbers set at a maximum of five mourners only. So sad for her. However, she is keen to have a Memorial service at some stage later this year.
Monday 23 March2020 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Ray Duffy's Funeral - Please be advised that Ray's funeral will be limited to close family. A memorial service is plan for October. Details will be confirmed nearer the time.
Sunday 22 March2020 - Worcrstershire

Ian Kendall | Iankendall~AT~sky~DOT~com
What is the latest update on Taff Duffy's funeral, are we still allowed to attend due to the current circumstances
Saturday 21 March2020

Webmaster comments   Good question Ian, we will try and find out. You may have noted quite a few of us have call-off due to the Coronavirus.

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Having carefully considered the current situation I feel it would be foolhardy for me to attend Ray's funeral in York on 27 March. I have written to Carol and explained. I have taken this decision with a heavy heart and I hope his family will understand.
Saturday 21 March2020 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   I am sure both Ray and Carol will understand we need to be sensible in these troubled times. Perhaps we could all take a minutes silence at midday on the 27th to reflect on Ray & Ron and all our good friends that have died in recent times.

Bob Howell | bobhowellcdt~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear that Ray has passed away. He was a good comrade and he will be missed by all. Condolences to his family. Bob and Josie Howell.
Wednesday 18 March2020 - Stoke on-Trent

Keith Weller for | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Dear Comrades

Due to the coronavirus and the governmentís recent recommendations it has been decided that the Reunion will be cancelled for this year. The health and safety of our members and guests is a priority and it was felt that there was no choice.

However, I have managed to secure the weekend of 4/5 June 2021. The hotel has agreed to give us the same prices for the meal (the same menu) and hotel rooms. Donít worry if you forget what you have ordered to eat because that will be on your table. There is no need for anyone to cancel their rooms if they have booked into the Holiday Inn these will be carried forward to 2021.

Those of you who have booked into the IBIS will need to cancel your rooms personally, sooner rather than later would probably be better and then you will have to rebook next year.

If anyone requires a refund of the payment they have made for their meal please contact me with your bank account details Ė account number and sort code and the money will be paid into your account. Obviously if you decide you want your money back you will have to make a payment again next year.

This is going out to all of those who have sent proformas in to attend this year and also it will be on the website. For those of you who were unable to attend this year and would like to attend in 2021 proformas will be sent out to you at the end of this year once the country is back to some normality.

Just all of you keep safe and please donít hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Wednesday 18 March2020 - Worcrstershire

Webmaster comments   Sad news but a wise decision - Can I urge you to use the website in these troubled times, its good to stay in contact.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Due to age and this bloody Corona nonsense I have been sensible for the first time in my life. It is with great regret that I will not be going to Rays funeral. My thought will of course be with Carol on this very sad day. Just as an aside how secure is the Reunion. lets hope we are over the worst of it by then.
Tuesday 17 March2020 - High on a Hill in the Land of Song

Webmaster comments   I think many of us find ourselves in the same situation, I am sure Ray and Carol will understand. Reunion - Stan will be updating us very soon.

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi folks. Someone has to ask the question. In view of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus, and the very good chance many of us will be in lockdown, is the reunion going ahead as planned. Dave
Tuesday 17 March2020 - Aldershot

Webmaster comments   Stan will be updating very soon.

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Corona won, we will now be attending Ray's funeral. RIP Ray.
Monday 16 March2020 - lincoln

Alex wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Due to this present virus and most of our members are 70 plus are we considering a postponement or cancellation to this years reunion?
Monday 16 March2020 - Lesta

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
The funeral of Ron Hart will be on 27th March at Blyth Crematorium Cowpen Road NE24 5SZ at 1215.
Sunday 15 March2020 - Ryton

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Sorry to hear the news regarding Ray and Ron. Both of you, rest in peace.
Saturday 14 March2020 - Whitley Bay

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the passing of Ron and Ray. I also served with Ron in the 50/60s and we became friends. He also liked Country Music with Marty Robbins and Frankie Lane his favourites. Ray of course was the mainstay of our connection with the Royal British Legion and our branch of Weston on the Green. Both will be sadly missed. R.I.P
Friday 13 March2020 - Hampshire

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sadly we are unable to attend the Funeral of Ray as we will be in the Canary Islands, Corona willing. please pass on our deepest condolences to Carol and the Family. Bob & Maureen
Friday 13 March2020 - lincoln

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Ray Duffy - The funeral arrangements for Ray are as follows.

Cremation Service to be held at 1220hrs Friday 27th March 2020, York Crematorium, Bishopthorpe Road, York. YO23 2QD.

Drinks afterwards at the ďWinning PostĒ pub, 127 Bishopthorpe Road, York. YO23 1NZ.

If you are able to attend please let John Aspinall know so he can pass the numbers attending onto the family.

Thursday 12 March2020 - Worcrstershire

Webmaster comments   Please contact John direct or on secretary@216parasigs.org.uk

Gwyneth and Taff Finn | finngm~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So so sad that Ray (Taff) Duffy has sadly passed. Our hearts go out to you Carole and your family,
RIP Taff , love Gwyn & Mick Finn
Thursday 12 March2020

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So very sorry to hear about Ray and Ron. Two really nice men and enjoyed their company immensely. Sincere condolences to both families at this very sad time.
Wednesday 11 March2020 - Southport

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