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ralph porter | ralph~AT~porter216~DOT~fsnet~DOT~co~DOT~uk
There has been a request from the Regiment for NOK for Joe Baker and Maj Forge has anybody got any details could you let me know by phone 01748884684
Friday 20 January2017 - swaledale

Mark Oldham | moldham62~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
It is with deep regret that I have to announce that Richard Arthur (Bill) Creswick passed away on 9th January 2017. I understand that Bill was a main instigator in forming the reunion at Caythorpe. I was privileged to have been taken to Fulbeck hall and shown around the museum when it was housed there. Bill was 99, in recent years he has not been able to get to Caythorpe for the reunion as his health stopped him getting out. His very good friend Richard Appleton, took the salute a few years ago at Caythorpe. Bill will be greatly missed. His funeral will take place at Wilford Hill crematorium, West Bridgford on Monday 30th January 2017 at 11.00 am. They shall not grow old. A gentleman and friend will be greatly missed.
Thursday 19 January2017 - Bradmore, Nottingham

Webmaster comments   Sad news once again - RIP Airborne brother.

Mark are you able to give us a brief resume of Richard's career.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
The 50th Anniversary 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment Withdrawal from Aden November 1967

An event is proposed to be held to commemorate the above Anniversary. It will be held at Aldershot on Saturday 28 October 2017. It is planned to hold a Remembrance Service at the Garrison Church followed by a social at the Conservative Club. Further details will be available in March. All those who served in 1 PARA at the time, together with their wives/partners will be most welcome.

Thursday 19 January2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   I understand Dave Kennington is interesting in going.

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Keith, it was such a long time ago. I know that Dick Hamilton was, but sadly he is no longer with us. I do remember doing the whole ex on foot with manpacks and attending the drumhead service near the canal for the casualties.
Saturday 14 January2017 - Darwen

Webmaster comments   Yes, Dick sent me a few notes on his experiences a while back. I guess there must have been others from the Squadron.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Sheila Fielding - It is with regret we inform you of the death of Sheila. As OC's wife she was very supportive to many in the Squadron during her time in Aldershot.
Thursday 12 January2017 - Worcestershire

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Keith, very interesting, I was on that jump but luckily did not get my feet wet, my MSP with Landrover and Trailer however did go into the canal, Gus
Wednesday 11 January2017 - Darwen

Webmaster comments   One of the remaining few Gus, do you recall any more from the Squadron.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
The following snippet from The Airborne Net was forwarded by Craig Treeby and may be of interest to those that can remember Bold Guard - Kiel Canal Exercise Bold Guard. Clive Dunning (ex-Company Commander 15 PARA) intends to make a video archive of the Kiel Canal incident which occurred on Exercise Bold Guard on the 11th September 1974. The airlift from the UK comprised of 35 Hercules aircraft (C130s) carrying around 600 troops and their heavy drop vehicles. Owing to a freak temperature inversion resulting in wind shear, the winds at between 800 feet and 600 feet changed direction, causing 16 of the Parachute Regiment soldiers to land in the Canal, causing the death by drowning of 6 Paratroopers. The archive will be of peoples experiences on that fateful night and the archive will be constructed in March-April 2017. Anyone who would like to make a contribution and to tell their story should call Clive on 0141 3443358 on 07719 345124.

Monday 9 January2017 - Worcestershire

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Just to wish you all a happy new year for 2017, I'm down with flu so will need some whiskey to see me though best wishes
Friday 30 December2016 - Northallerton

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Our best wishes go to ALL 216 guys wherever you are and good luck in 2017. Ron Hart I thought you were talking about a BUS PASS ???? Awwrrabest
Saturday 24 December2016 - Bonnie Scotland

Webmaster comments   Seasons Greetings to you & Linda

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
A very Happy Christmas to all. Deb's and I will be spending it at home with Tom Moorhouse again this year. Good Luck and Good Health to all for the New Year. Chris+Debs
Saturday 24 December2016 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Very best Wishes Chris + Debs and Young Tom.

RON HART | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Merry Christmas to all Airborne Brothers around the world and a special to Wee Mac for the info on the bypass, think I will be up and running again soon. All the best to you one and all
Friday 23 December2016 - Geordieland

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Ron, sounds as though the operation was a success. See you in 2018.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Wishing everybody a Happy Xmas and a healthy 2017. Viv and I still kicking!
Thursday 22 December2016 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Terry - Seasons Greeting to you and Viv - It would be good to see you in 2018.

Norman Norrie Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Haven't been on the site for a few weeks. It seems too many have done their last lob into the sky. God bless them all and RIP Airborne bros. I remember Barossa Bks, bloody cold did Pre para there, kicked around by Paddy Kelly and Jack Turner in 58. Joe Doonan was SSM! Good old days. Haha. Anyway Mavis and I wish you all a great Christmas and HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
Thursday 22 December2016 - Darlington

Webmaster comments   Hello Norrie, was Les Lawbuary around in those days.

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Deanna and Stan wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. Our thoughts are with everyone that has lost a loved one in 2016. Looking forward to meeting up again in 2018.
Monday 19 December2016 - Hereford

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
I wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful new year. A time to reflect on our friends and family that are no longer with us but leave us all with fond and happy memories. Very best wishes to you all. Dave. "Jacko"
Monday 19 December2016 - Aldershot

Webmaster comments   Thanks Dave - remember that Moorhen...

Ralph porter | Ralph~AT~porter216~DOT~fsnet~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Dave Fox and I would like to add our condolences to Carol and family so sorry to hear of the loss of Jess
Thursday 15 December2016 - Caribbean

Byron Cox | byron~DOT~cox53~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just wondered if anyone served with my father in Amman in 1958 his name is the same as mine but he was called Mick Cox from Grimsby,he is still alive but has Alzheimer's know have a few pictures of him in Jordan /Middle East if anyone know him, thanks
Wednesday 14 December2016 - Grimsby

Nic Nicol | nicnicolnms~AT~aol~DOT~com
Am ashamed to say I missed Jess's funeral. A great guy and someone I enjoyed working with enormously in Hereford, with the HAC and in 9 Signal Regiment. Sincere condolences to Carol and Dan from me and my son Mark. Very fondly remembered.
Tuesday 13 December2016

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~co
Just to add to what Pete said. Dave Vaughan Ken Kay myself and others represented 216 at the Funeral. So the Squadron we well represented. Also some more recent members of the Squadron attended So all in all a good turn out. As Pete said the chapel was overflowing out of the door. Jess would have been pleased with the send off.
Sunday 11 December2016 - Rustington

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I'm just back from Hereford having attended Jess Harper's funeral. It was good to see so many there and having spoken to Carol and Dan they were very touched by the sheer number who attended. 22 SAS were predictably very well represented and Gordon Mather & Danny West, both late Corps members, recited the Regiment's Prayer & Collect; very moving. It was a fitting send off for a really good soldier and friend.
Friday 9 December2016 - Bredon, Worcestershire

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Well friends, another special guy has gone to stand at the bar in the sky,My best wishes to Jess's family, he will have to get first round in up there, and put some money behind bar for rest of us that follow, see you soon mate
Friday 9 December2016 - Home, N.Yorks

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I knew Jess before I left in 1969. Rest in Peace Jess.
Sunday 4 December2016 - Whitley Bay

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
More sad news. I new Jess briefly when I joined the Sqn and then when I took over the post of RSM from him. The most casual but informative handover. RIP brother.
Saturday 3 December2016 - Scotland

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Msg from Sam Harper. Just to inform you that we will be having a celebration of dads life at Hereford crematorium on Friday 9th December at 13:30hrs. You are more than welcome to attend.
Saturday 3 December2016 - Burton

Jim ( Paddy) Dillon | jim~DOT~dillon3~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sad to here of Jess's passing
We had a great time together in Barnsley
Even after 45 years absence the welcome was warm and generous as ever
still couldn't get him to buy a battleship (our Joke) My condolences to Carol and family Rest in Peace , I was proud to be your friend
Saturday 3 December2016 - Belfast

Samantha Harper | Harpersam78~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just to inform you that we will be having a celebration of dads life at Hereford crematorium on Friday 9th December at 13:30hrs. You are more than welcome to attend.
Friday 2 December2016 - Hereford

Billy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
I didn't know Jess but all previous posts suggest he was a top man. My sincere condolences go out to all his family. R.I.P. Jess.
Friday 2 December2016 - Southport

Samantha | Jessharper47~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
It's so lovely to read your messages about my dad. He was quite simply the best man. We love him so much. He made everything we ever did so much fun and full of adventure xxx
Friday 2 December2016 - Hereford

Webmaster comments   Hello Samantha, so nice to hear from you at this sad time. You have noted that your Dad was a great guy and will be sadly missed by us all. Please feel free to come on the website at any time to leave a message.

Dave(Frankie) Vaughan | Mapapastie~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Joined with Jess in 62,,a real privilege to be invited on his table at this years reunion . He has been so brave through his illness. RIP Jess, our thoughts are with Carol, Dan and Samantha.
Friday 2 December2016 - New Alresford. Hants

Rick Richards | erichards1~AT~sky~DOT~com
So sad to hear that Jess has gone from us our thought are with Coral and his family RIP old friend
Thursday 1 December2016 - Tamworth

Ian (Ted) Dudding | iandudding~AT~aol~DOT~com
Such sad news concerning Jess Harper. A brilliant example of all that is good in an airborne soldier, a gentleman and a great pal to many. God Bless Jess and RIP old friend.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Stratford Upon Avon

Robin Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Very sad news about Jess our thoughts are with Carol and all the family
Thursday 1 December2016 - Hereford

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~ hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I was in the Lake District with Bob Griff, Ian Green and Paul Richardson when we heard about Jess. So sad, a good friend. Jess used to baby sit for our girls so he is remembered by the whole family. RIP mate
Thursday 1 December2016 - Pateley Bridge

Ian Campbell | iansue216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
The world is a sadder place today as yet another true gentleman and Airborne Soldier's, soldier!! Jess Harper has been taken far too early, as a newbie in the squadron in 67 Jess kept an eye on us and introduced us to the Shot. Thanks for the memories Jess and our thoughts are with Carol and his family. To those upstairs you have got a really good one
Thursday 1 December2016 - Scotland

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear about Jess. He was in the same palestine as me in Elles cheerio old friend
Thursday 1 December2016 - Scotland

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Absolutely gutted to hear that Jess has passed away. I remember Jess when I first joined the squadron as a young solder and when Jess returned to the squadron as RSM and I was the FOS. We shared a room at the old bloodhound camp in Cyprus on exercise. My snoring kept Jess awake so one night he reset my alarm to 0400hrs. I was up and dressed by 0415 and wondering why no one else was up. Jess, your one of the best and will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. Rest in peace airborne brother. Jacko
Thursday 1 December2016 - Aldershot

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Never Knew Jess but condolences to the family RIP Jess
Thursday 1 December2016 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear this news, Jess was a great guy and good friend. My very sincere condolences to the family.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Darwen

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Such sad news about Jess. Shared pain of P Coy with him, Alex and Saki. Happy days with a truly lovely guy. Thoughts with Carol , Samantha and family. RIP Airborne buddy.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Burton on Trent

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Very saddened to hear the news of Jess.
A great bloke lots of memories of him at the "shot". My condolences to Carol and the rest of his family.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Cider Country

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Such sad news about Jess Harper.Only seems like yesterday that we were all stood in Dodger Greens office on our return from Abingdon. Condolences to the family, RIP Jess, one of the best! Saki
Thursday 1 December2016 - Hartlepool

Alex Wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Received the sad news of Jess Harpers passing this morning, a great guy and friend since our days in Iron troop, boy service. Deepest condolences to Carol and all his family. R.I.P. Mate.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Leicester

Bernie Mcdonough | Bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Absolutely shaken by the news of Jess Harpers passing. I knew him since boy service. Another Airborne Warrior gone. What a year!
Thursday 1 December2016 - Horsham West Sussex

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
Samantha the daughter of Jess Harper has just advised me that he passed away last night. I am so gutted. A fantastic guy in everyway. RIP Jess
Thursday 1 December2016 - Rustington

Webmaster comments   So very sad, another good man leaves us - my thoughts are with Carol, Samantha and his family. RIP Jess.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Neil,
My research indicates T.E Lawrence was posted to RAF Farnborough for a photographic course. It is thought he lived in Farnborough for six weeks. Nothing to say he was stationed at Ellis but not less a person then Tom Moorhouse is of the same opinion as you and who are we to argue with that. T.E. Lawrence was killed in a motor cycle RTC at Bovington Camp and is buried in a very small churchyard at Morton in Dorset. The last time I visited his grave was when Ray Walton and Val came over from New Zealand and stayed with Deb's and I at our home in Christchurch on the grand tour of Dorset I took them to T.E. Lawrences grave at Morton
Wednesday 30 November2016 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Some interesting stuff coming in, anything before Waterloo.

William Goss | william-goss~AT~sky~DOT~com
I was at Waterloo Bks with SSM Ernie Summers then on to Barrosa with Joe Doonan. Marcel said he was from Seychelles.
Wednesday 30 November2016 - HERTFORSHIRE

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you William, are you a member of the OCA - would you like to join us.

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Back then the Squadron was 16th Independant Parachute Signal Squadron. Wireless Troop evolved into Radio Troop at Elles Bks. then Comms Troop at Arnhem Bks. By the way Elles Bks were originally RAF and its rumoured that Cpl ??? (Lawrence of Arabia) lived in one of the palestines. Not a lot of people know that !!!!!!
Wednesday 30 November2016 - Scotland

Webmaster comments   Do you have any more "Gems" young man.

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of 2 more lads going to the bar in the sky, hope they keep buying the beer for us when we get there. Rest in peace lads
Wednesday 30 November2016 - home

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
South Camp
Were built following the Barracks Act of 1890 at a cost of 163,000. Known as Stanhope Lines consisted of Albuhera.Barossa,Corunna, Gibralter,Maida, Bullar,Mandora and Mcgriger Barracks.

Montgomery Lines were built on the original site of Corunna,Barossa and Albuhera Barracks.
Tuesday 29 November2016 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Thanks Chris

Wee Mac | macdonald 508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Barrossa in 59 was cold but no as bad as Catterick or Newark! Joe Doonan was SSM JK Elliot was Yos, Vic Kelly was Wireless Troop S/Sgt, Sammy Rollins and Bert Bowes were Cpls. Major Peat was OC, Capt Benjamin was troop OC Jock Paxton was Troop Sgt. Can't think of any others.
Tuesday 29 November2016 - Scotland

Webmaster comments   Not bad for an old man - when did Wireless Tp become Comms Tp.

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