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Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Very sorry to hear of Taffs passing,he was a lovely bloke and very funny.I remember well how he made new lads to the sqn welcome,I also recall him and Frank Kelly competing for the trophy of sartorial elegance.Frank with his hair tucked in his socks and shirt hanging out and taff with his dinner down the front of his shirt.Great days with great characters and lots of lovely memories.R.I.P.Taff catch up with you at the next check point.Billy and Midge.
Sunday 2 September2018 - Southport

Wally Dinsdale
Blimey Taffy Boyles. Never heard anything about him since approx 1954 when we both served in Signals Troop in Egypt with 33 Airborne LIghtfield RAF. He was with advance party for return to UK. Not Aldershot but Barton Stacey. He bought a clapped out motor bike on which we had a few scrapes and the lights failed often. Not many chaps had cameras in those days but will look for a group photo he may be on. Great character .
Saturday 1 September2018

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Wally - perhaps you could tell us a little about your trip to Egypt.

Wally Dinsdale
Blimey Taffy Boyles. Never heard anything about him since approx 1954 when we both served in Signals Troop in Egypt with 33 Airborne LIghtfield RAF. He was with advance party for return to UK. Not Aldershot but Barton Stacey. He bought a clapped out motor bike on which we had a few scrapes and the lights failed often. Not many chaps had cameras in those days but will look for a group photo he may be on. Great character .
Saturday 1 September2018

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Wally - perhaps you could tell us a little about your trip to Egypt.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
RIP Taff. I remember you from Elles Barracks days.
Friday 31 August2018 - Whitley Bay

RON HART | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
BORN 31 AUG 1934
DIED 12 AUG 2018
Was in 16 indep/216 signal sqn in the late fifties and early 60's radio troop nco and det cmd good mate his family posted the above to myself lived in aus for some years.RIP MATE
Thursday 30 August2018 - GEORDIELAND

Keith Weller
A request from ABN, see below. The complete document can be found in PDF format on "Our News Letters" page.

RHQ PARA is co-ordinating the views of as many Airborne groups as possible on the NI Legacy issues and urgently needs your help. Whether you served in NI or not, or even if you have never been in the Services, you will have a view on this topical and important issue and we would like to hear it-so please can EVERYONE reading this respond to it. Thank you. HMcG
Monday 27 August2018 - Worcestershire

Ron Hart | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Just got word of the passing of TERRY BOYLES no dates or times yet but MANDY is looking for any pictures of her dad will let you know when I know.
Having an eye done so wont be driving to Caythorpe
Saturday 25 August2018 - geordieland

Webmaster comments   Thanks for the update Ron - good luck with the eye's

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Had a Senior Moment. My Brave the Shave is on 28 Sept im 28th September all other details correct
Tuesday 21 August2018 - The Black Country

Jae Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Doing a Brave the Shave for MacMillan on 23rd August at my local. It shouldn't take long. Anyone interested in sponsoring can donate by texting Shave18313 to 70550. God Bless. Jake
Thursday 16 August2018 - The Black Country

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
It's 99% that I can now attend Caythorpe providing nothing goes amiss for Mavis and me. Looking forward to seeing you all
Sunday 12 August2018 - Darlington

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe - A message from Margaret.
To all those wishing to attend our Annual Caythorpe reunion Aug 31- 2 Sept , could you please send in your returns as soon as possible, and for all those who were not fortunate for whatever reason to get a Proforma and would like to attend,you can still do so, I have enclosed a copy . Payments can be made via credit card by ringing me direct on 01206815238. Mon -Thurs 9-2.00 pm .All payments need to be made before 3rd Aug as the Sqn goes on leave until the 28th Aug. Thank you Margaret.

Thursday 26 July2018 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   You can contact Margaret on the above number or 216pri@gmail.com

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy84~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Colin, just read the very sad news regarding Lynne. Our condolences to you and your family on your loss.
Thursday 26 July2018 - York

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi. All a few of us are going to visit the NMA to see the new Peggy Memorial,myself, Colin Bradbury and Mike Davis.We are meeting up and staying in the Travelodge near Barton under Needwood for 2 nights arriving on the 29th August staying overnight visiting the NMA on the 30th August then traveling over to Caythorpe on Friday the 31st August.If anyone out there would like to join us please get in touch all welcome.
Thursday 19 July2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

John Duffy | annejohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
The Dakota is back home in Merville Bks, after being on display on horseguards parade for the 100th anniversary of the RAF. The RAF repaired it and re-sprayed it, b4 displaying it and as I passed it today going into the camp, This WW2 workhorse of the airborne looked brilliant. The local fire brigade also gave it a wash. As it stands in its rightful home among the young paras of 16 air assault BDE. Welcome home.
Wednesday 18 July2018 - Clacton-on-sea

Ray Duffy | secretary~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org
Still awaiting Data Protection Proforma from 204 ! of our members. I might mean those who do not submit forms will no longer receive reunions or Caythorpe details. Please complete and forward to me. (Address published on our site).
Tuesday 17 July2018 - York

colin bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Norrie, Sorry to hear of your current situation. You will be missed at reunions. Take care
Saturday 14 July2018 - Knaresborough

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy84~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear your not in the best of health. You will be missed at Caythorpe.
Saturday 14 July2018 - York

Eric Richards | erichards1 ~AT~sky~DOT~com
Sorry to hear you are not in the best of health at the moment
Thursday 12 July2018 - Tamworth

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of your poor health you will be missed. Hope you get better in the future.
Tuesday 10 July2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Geoff Guy | Geoffguy~DOT~gg~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Condolences Colin. Tek care!
Tuesday 10 July2018 - Bradford

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Don't think Mavis and I will be attending any more Caythorpe reunions. Have had several falls and trips and have given up driving at the request of family. Am now walking with the aid of a wheeled walker. We will miss them so much. Regards to all God bless and good luck for the future, Norman and Mavis
Monday 2 July2018 - Darlington

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy84~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Thanks for all who returned Data Protection Form. Received 58 but we have 262 members! Would appreciate it if you could action form - copy on our Notice Board.
Friday 15 June2018 - York

Ray Duffy | secretary~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org
A good showing at Richard Appleton's funeral on Thursday 7th. John Aspinall, myself and our Standard Bearer, Geoff Guy were present. Serving members of the Squadron acted as Pallbearers and there were three Standard bearers from the Parachute Regiment. His daughter asks that I pass on her thanks to all those who attended.
Monday 11 June2018 - York

Ralph Porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Funeral details of Graham William Bale will be held on Tuesday 19 of June 2018 at St Peters and St Pauls parish church Kettering at 1200hrs followed by interment Kettering cemetery
Saturday 9 June2018 - UK

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Funeral of Richard Appleton - Arnhem Veteran - The details are:

Bramcote Crematorium (Coventry Lane, Beeston, Bramcote, Nottingham NG9 3GJ). Service on Thursday 7th June 2018 at 1.30 pm start. All to meet at the Crematorium at 1.15 pm to 1.25pm. Service will be held in The Reflection Chapel.

I understand Richard was a long standing attendee of the Caythorpe reunion every September as he was stationed there for 3 months prior to operation Market Garden. Over the last 4 years he was proud and honoured to take the salute as one of the few remaining Arnhem Veteran's to witness this historic event.

Please advise Ray Duffy if you are able to attend. 07768 410218

Wednesday 30 May2018 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   RIP Richard Appleton the last of the few.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Sorry to hear your news Colin. RIP Lynne.
Wednesday 30 May2018 - Whitley Bay

Colin Bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
I would like to thank you for your messages of condolence, it is very much appreciated.
Wednesday 30 May2018 - Knaresborough

peter pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of your loss Brad. Stay strong
Wednesday 30 May2018 - malta

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Very sorry for your loss Colin
Monday 28 May2018 - Cider Country

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Colin, very sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family. Dave
Monday 28 May2018 - Aldershot

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Colin, Liz and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
Sunday 27 May2018 - Hampshire

Derek Dove | lizdove09~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Colin so sorry to hear your sad news our thoughts are with you
Sunday 27 May2018 - Quinton

Norman Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Sincere condolences Colin. May she rest in Peace
Saturday 26 May2018 - Darlington

peter bibby | peter-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Colin Pam and I are so very sorry to hear of your very sad loss,our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Saturday 26 May2018 - essex

Marie and Ted | mariecwalker152~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Colin so sorry to hear about Lynn. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Marie and Ted x
Saturday 26 May2018 - England

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So very sorry for your loss Colin, Midge and myself send our sincere condolences.
Friday 25 May2018 - Southport

Rex Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Colin, sorry to hear of Lynne having passed away. Our thoughts are with you mate.
Friday 25 May2018 - Birmingham

Keith Weller
Minutes & Accounts - The minutes and accounts from the 2018 reunion meeting can be found on our Newsletters page.
Friday 25 May2018 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   A warm thanks to all those involved with the 2018 reunion. it was a great success.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of your loss Colin
Friday 25 May2018 - Pateley Bridge

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe 2018 - This year the Caythorpe reunion will take place over the period 31st Aug - 2 Sept. On Friday the 31st there will be the Squadron verses old comrades golfing competition. The Village fete will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 1st, the Squadron PRI shop will have a stand present as well as a selection of other stands which the villagers will provide. As well as a planned fly past of historic aircraft, WW2 era re-enactors have also been invited to attend. This year's dinner will be held at Caythorpe Court on Saturday evening. The usual church service will take place on Sunday morning followed by buffet lunch provided by the villagers at the village hall.

The Attendance Form can be found on our Newsletters page. Please completed and return to Capt G. Lancaster by the 3 August 2018.
Thursday 24 May2018 - Worcs

Colin Bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Lynne, The Love of my Life for the last 59 years passed away at 1332 hrs Saturday 12 May after suffering constant brain bleeds for the last 4.5 years that took away parts of who she was each time. As per her instructions the funeral took place yesterday, 22nd May, attended by family only - she wanted no fuss!!
Wednesday 23 May2018 - Knaresborough

Webmaster comments   So sorry to hear this Colin, please accept my sincere condolences

Mick (Taff) Finn | exparasig~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Another great weekend, thanks to all especially Stan for organising it. Hope to see some of you at the Arboretum for Remembrance Sunday
Wednesday 23 May2018 - Wrexham

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Thanks to all who organized the 2018 OCA reunion. A great w/end was had by all. I am looking forward to Caythorpe. Willie
Tuesday 22 May2018 - Scotland

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I would just like to say a thank you to all of those involved in the orginising of the reunion weekend,apart from my bi-annual ear bashing from Ralph Porter it was a great weekend.Nice to see the lads from the 6 Field Force attending.
Monday 21 May2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Keith Weller
Aldershot Paratrooper - Would you like to contribute to the Aldershot Paratrooper then see our Newsletters page.
Tuesday 15 May2018 - Worcestershire

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Data Protection Act - In preparation for the new data protection legislation which comes into force on 25th May we would like you to complete the form which is in the Newsletters section. This will enable us to up-date our records and at the same time get your permission to use your data for OCA activities. Please down load the PDF, complete and sign and give it to Ray at the reunion.
Saturday 5 May2018 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   If you are not attending the reunion please send your returns to Ray Duffy -

1 Lanshaw Croft, Clifton Moor, York.

YO30 4XP

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Good Morning all. Just to firm up the details of my Deb's funeral.
It will take place at CWMBRAN Crematorium, NP442BZ at 2pm on Tuesday 8th May. Followed by a drink and some grub at the Horse Shoe Inn,Llangattock, Crickhowell NP8 1PA.
No Black Ties and only my flowers. There will be a collection at the service going towards Multiple System Atrophy the illness my little Deb's fought so hard against for 9 years. Chris
Friday 4 May2018 - Llanelly Hill

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Agenda - Please note the agenda for the OCA meeting in Barnsley can be found on our Newsletters page.
Thursday 3 May2018 - Worcestershire

Mick Dawson | michaelwdawson~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Readers of this Guestbook may be interested to know that from the Royal Signals Museum website under History and Heritage is a "Wire" archive. Opening the PDFs allows you to view the magazine and of course find the Squadron input for that particular period including many photographs. I would add a link but it seems that is not permitted. Enjoy
Sunday 29 April2018 - Harrogate

Webmaster comments   Thanks for your input Mick - well worth a look and brings back memories.

Terence John Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I knew Graham and his then girlfriend from my time in the Squadron. RIP Graham.
Saturday 28 April2018 - Beaumont Park, Whitley Bay.

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