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Billy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Roy Koto's passing a really nice gentleman. Remember one Christmas in Jake's quarter with Tom Morrell and Roy and Jake pulled out a kitchen knife and said it's now time to become blood brothers, we were supposed to cut our arm and mingle the blood I managed a scratch but Jake did a good one I felt my bottle go a bit and the lads were in bulk laughing but I noticed no one else came forward. Does any one else remember that year circa 63.
Thursday 24 November2016 - Southport

Norman/Norrie Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Don't think I ever met Roy Koto. Seemed like a nice guy. My Condolences to his family RIP Airborne brother
Tuesday 22 November2016 - Darlington

Anthony Barker | dogsy216~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I just found this out so I copy and paste it "I am sorry to announce that Major Tony McBean passed away yesterday after a long and brave battle with motor neurone disease. 30th Signal Regiment is supporting his family at this most difficult of times. Funeral details will be distributed shortly."
Tuesday 22 November2016 - UK

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just got back from Roy Koto's funeral in Middlesbrough. Myself and Ralph Porter represented the Sqn. Lots of our Figian Brothers present who gave him a good send off over a few beers and songs at Middlesborough Rugby Club. RIP Roy. We will Remember. Saki
Monday 21 November2016 - Hartlepool

Webmaster comments   Glad you guys made it - Roy deserved a good send-off.

Ian Campbell | iansue216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear the sad news of the deaths of another two Airborne brothers, John McDonald and Roy Koto. Two of the nicest most gentlemanly warriors you could ever hope to meet. Our thoughts are with their families.
Thursday 17 November2016 - Scotland

Jess harper | jessharper47~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Very sorry to hear of Roy Kotos passing RIP Roy
Thursday 17 November2016 - England

Paul Richardson | francolab~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Dear All, I am seeking the help of anyone with experience of the Normandy Landings and battlefield tours of the type offered in the travel sections of weekend rags. My son, who is keen on WWll history wants to take his 16 year old nephew (my grand-son) on such a tour next spring and has asked me along for support. If any of you have any tips on the best way to 'do' the sites and museums I would be grateful. For instance, is it necessary to take an all-in guided tour or is a do-it-yourself tour possible with bought in add-ons? We will have the car so will be able to get around under our own steam. If you can help please drop me an email. Paul. 1958-63
Thursday 17 November2016 - Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
For those who didn't see the details on facebook:
Funeral of Roy Koto 21 st November 1100 Hrs.
Teesside Crematorium
Acklam Road, Middlesbrough

After service refreshments will be at Middlesbrough Rugby Club
Acklam Park
Green Lane
Middlesbrough TS5 7SL
Thursday 17 November2016 - Hartlepool

Jim Flockhart | j~DOT~flockhart~AT~aol~DOT~co~DOT~uk
So sad to hear of the passing of Roy he was a lovely person in real life and a warrior rugby player for the squadron, RIP
Thursday 17 November2016 - Glasgow

Norrie Clanachan | john~DOT~clanachan~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Msg for Sid James I note that you live in
Wellington Taunton I will be in Wellington visitng my son from Dec 21 - 28 maybe we could meet up for drink or two
Wednesday 16 November2016 - Coleraine N Irland

Jinx Jenkins | jinx2387caz~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just heard of Roy Koto passing. I also remember him fishing with that spear in Alderney and thought he was having me over. But lo and behold he caught a big fish, could not believe it and never forgot. RIP
Wednesday 16 November2016 - Merseyside

peter pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of the passing of Roy Koto.One of the stalwarts of Elles Bks. Top Man. R.I.P Roy
Tuesday 15 November2016 - malta

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I only knew Roy briefly when I joined the Sqn in 1969. RIP Roy
Monday 14 November2016 - Scotland

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
For Rob W. Re your message of 11th re ex 216 chap. His name is Ted Lofts. Ted did not serve with 216 but was attached (I believe) to 13th Battlion. I was also at Vivary Park and ex 216 myself.
Monday 14 November2016 - Cider Country

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Very sad news about Roy.Lovely gentle man. RIP mate.
Monday 14 November2016 - Burton on Trent

Alex Wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
so sad to hear of Roys passing,i remember summer camp in a field at catterick,we decided to have a bonfire/bbq,we all went gathering wood for the fire,Roy was gone for ages then coming over the horizon came Roy carrying a massive log,it took 3 of us to throw it on the fire.R.I.P.Big fella.
Monday 14 November2016 - Leicester

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Very sad to hear Roy Kotos' passing. Last time I saw him was in the 70s at the Royal Tournament. A real gent!
Sunday 13 November2016 - Horsham West Sussex

David Parker | watcot~AT~aim~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of Roy Koto's passing. My lasting memory of him was at summer camp in Alderney - Roy standing on a rock in his shorts at entrance to the harbour at low tide poised with a spear catching cod. RIP Roy
Saturday 12 November2016 - Yorkshire

pete bibby | peter-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sad to hear of Roys passing I remember him arriving in squadron from day one, a really nice man. RIP Roy.
Friday 11 November2016 - essex

rob w
in Taunton today I noticed an ex 216 member on parade representing the sqn perhaps it would be good to know who was where representing 216 ?
Friday 11 November2016 - taunton

Webmaster comments   Hello Rob W, it would be nice to have your name and email address - were/are you in 216 - Thanks

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
How Sad. The nicest man you could ever wish to meet. No wonder he was known as the gentle giant. R.I.P. Roy. Gus
Friday 11 November2016 - Hampshire

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
May I add my condolences to Roy's family and friends. A Great Friendly Giant who would always help anyone out. RIP Roy.
Friday 11 November2016 - Cider Country

Chris White | chri~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
RIP Roy KOTO. One of those wonderful Fijians that join us in the sixties at Ellis Barracks. Who can remember their parties with them drinking their home made white looking brew from the fire bucket. Chris
Friday 11 November2016 - Lanelly Hill

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Very sad to hear Roy Koto has passed away. Knew Roy as a very gentle guy with a passion for wood carving. Rest in peace airborne brother.
Thursday 10 November2016 - Aldershot

Tambua | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Really sorry to hear of Koroy Lepani Kotos death, Big gentle Guy. Mothe
Thursday 10 November2016 - Scotland

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
R.I.P. Roy. You were a good neighbour in Willems Park. Always remember the boomerangs!
Thursday 10 November2016 - Whitley Bay

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sad to hear of Roy Koto's passing.Remember him as a gentle happy go lucky soul.RIP Roy, Saki
Thursday 10 November2016 - Hartlepool

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Sorry to hear of Roy's passing RIP mate there will be plenty of old comrades to greet you up there.
Thursday 10 November2016 - Tyne & Wear

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~ hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of Roy's demise - I bumped into him in Newcastle many years ago. RIP
Thursday 10 November2016 - Pateley Bridge

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Very sad to hear of the death of Roy Koto, a good man who will be greatly missed, Gus
Thursday 10 November2016 - Darwen

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Just heard of the sad passing of Roy Koto who has been suffering from Dementia for some time. RIP Roy.
Thursday 10 November2016 - York

Webmaster comments   Another sad loss - RIP Roy

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of John's passing. RIP airborne brother. Please note that, whilst we are not doing anything official this year, myself and Margaret will be attending the NMA on Sunday to pay our respects at our 216 tree. If any 216 folk are there I am sure we can get a nice lunch at Branston if required.
Tuesday 8 November2016 - Burton on Trent

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~clom
Sorry to hear the sad news about John. RIP.
Monday 7 November2016 - York

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Very sad to hear that John has passed away. john help me a lot when I first came to the squadron. I next met John whilst serving in Germany and finally at one of our reunions at Scotch corner. Rest in peace airborn brother.
Sunday 6 November2016 - Aldershot

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
So sad to hear of John McDonald's passing. I knew him in the Sqn and served with him again at Blandford during my final tour. John was a really good friend to me as the School's Budget Manager and I know will be missed by the many who knew him. RIP.
Thursday 3 November2016 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
RIP John
Thursday 3 November2016 - Llanelly Hill

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I remember him. R.I.P. John.
Wednesday 2 November2016 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~ hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Rest in Peace John
Wednesday 2 November2016 - Pateley Bridge

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Can't picture him but must have come across him at Ellis Barracks at sometime.RIP
Wednesday 2 November2016 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

wee mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sad news, knew him well in Ellis and indeed later. Our thoughts are with his family
Wednesday 2 November2016 - Scotland

Bob Mills | bobsuemills~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I understand that Lt Col John McDonald passed away. I Think in September. It is reported in the RSA obituaries. We all remember him in 216 as a tech Cpl in the 60s. A good airborne soldier and a fine friend to many.
Tuesday 1 November2016

Webmaster comments   Sad news Bob - I remember him well. RIP John

David Austin | David~DOT~austin999~AT~yahoo~DOT~ca
My father was major james Austin COHQ coy
In sept ' 43
He passed away in ''69
If any 6th airborn/signal corps troops / old boys have knowledge of him would be greatly appreciated
Family has no history of his service ??
Monday 17 October2016 - Me, Alberta, Canada

Webmaster comments   Good Evening David, good luck with tracking your father's history. I was in Banff a couple of weeks back - great country.

Norman/Norrie Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Good to see "old" faces again and to meet some new ones. Another good weekend.In spite of a damp Saturday! Thank you to all those who organized everything. Looking forward to next years. Sorry I won the much coveted Pegasus. I'll let you win it next year Pinky! All the very best to one and all. Norrie and Mavis
Thursday 15 September2016 - Darlington

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
Not been on the site for a while. Been busy Got Married. Sad to see we have another two airborne brothers leave us. Anyone got any news about Jes Harper.
Tuesday 13 September2016 - Rustington

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Well, another Caythorpe reunion has come and gone and my wife Barbara (Babs) and I enjoyed it again. Weather on Saturday was not good, but this was the only part of the week-end that was not a great success. Many thanks to all concerned with the organisation, planning and implementation, Capt Lancaster and his team Including Margaret and of course the village ladies. The final luncheon on Sunday was a masterpiece. Main part as usual was meeting friends old and new. This traditional event goes from strength to strength, long may it continue.
Monday 12 September2016 - Great Yarmouth, NORFOLK

Stan stanley | Maddison135~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sorry to hear the news about Noel passing.
Saturday 10 September2016 - Hereford

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
All being well Deb's and I will be up at Caythorpe around lunchtime on Saturday.
Wednesday 7 September2016 - Llanelly Hill

Tom Whiting | tomwhiting~AT~tiscali~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Looking forward to seeing you again Ron so hope that you can make it.I'll not be there until about ten on saturday
Tuesday 6 September2016 - Surrey

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Just to confirm that we will not be doing our normal Airborne Signals get together and Lunch on Armistice Sunday at the NMA. The Wall is still currently closed and the new Visitor Centre is still "work in progress". The management is fairly confident that things may be back to normal by November but no official reopening date has been issued. Margaret and I will be there on the day and I will ensure that our tree is appropriately prepared. Hopefully we will be back to normal for 2017. Jimmy
Tuesday 6 September2016 - Burton on Trent

Webmaster comments   Thanks Jimmy, will be in touch when we return from Canada.

Norman (Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Spoke to Ron/ Geordie today. He's still very upbeat and we have a good laugh about our ailments, better than whingeing like old women On a serious note very sad at all the recent losses of our airborne brothers. May they all RIP. Mavis and I will be at Caythorpe, God willing and drink a toast to them all
Thursday 1 September2016 - Darlington

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