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Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
It is with great sadness I report the passing of Pat, wife of Seth Williams who after a long illness died at 4 a.m. on Monday 7th December. Pat and Seth had been married for 58 years. Seth and their children were present. Further details of funeral arrangement will be published when confirmed.
Monday 7 December2015 - York

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Just like to wish all my old comrades a very happy Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year,
Sunday 6 December2015 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Bill Braniff | William~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Katey,
I have just read your request for info on Lt Polley. There is a picture of "Parachute Party, 1 Coy., 1st Airborne Divisional Signals, September 1944" in St Vincents Church at Caythorpe. This was taken immediately before Arnhem. Lt Polley is in (on) it as is Maj (later General) Deanne-Drummond and Capt Smith (later Major and OC 16th Ind Para Bde Gp Signal Squadron)
I photographed this last time I was in Caythorpe and can send it to you if you wish.
Regards
Bill Braniff
Friday 20 November2015 - Great Yarmouth

Webmaster comments   Thanks Bill - Hope you are well.

Katey | kateymishler~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I am searching for anyone who KNEW or SERVED with Lt David Arthur Polley-- he's in the famous photo of him giving Major Lonsdale a light after escaping capture at Arnhem by swimming the Rhine. Lt Col (Retired) David Polley lived in Surrey and died in 1984. I recently purchased a field made commando style knife of his. Any other photos of him during the War or after as well as any info or stories of him would be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.
Thank you in advance!
Wednesday 18 November2015 - USA

Webmaster comments   Interesting request.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Subject: The Funeral of LCpl Peter Manuel - Wednesday 11th November 2015

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen

The funeral of 23349686 LCpl Peter Manuel, who died on Friday 30th October 2015 aged 80 years, will take place at 1400 hours on Wednesday 11th November 2015 at Kirkleatham Memorial Park and Crematorium, Fishpond Road, Yearby, North Yorkshire TS11 8HH.

Peter served with 16 Independent Para Bde Sig Sqn and was a member of Darlington Branch of the PRA.

If further information is required please contact Darlington Branch Secretary, John Wilson, by email to jj.wilson54@ntlworld.com or telephone 01642 592365.

Kind Regards

Sandy
Tuesday 3 November2015 - Worcestershire

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
It is with great sadness I report the death of Peter Manuel of Middlesbrough. He died peacefully in the early hours of this morning 30th October. Funeral details to follow. Funeral will now take place at Redcar Crematorium at 2 p.m. Wednesday 11th November.



Friday 30 October2015 - York

Norrie Clanachan | john~DOT~clanachan~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear that Don Milton had passed away another good man and friend I will have a nippy sweetie in his memory RIP old friend
Saturday 24 October2015 - Coleraine N Irland

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Very sad to hear of the death of Don. I remember Don in the early 70's. A real nice guy. R.I.P airborne brother. Jacko
Saturday 24 October2015 - Aldershot

Ricky Richardson | george291~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the death of Don Milton, such a Good Bloke.
Saturday 24 October2015 - Peterborough

Larry cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear about Don Milton, a great friend and old drinking buddy from early Seventies. R.I.P.
Tuesday 20 October2015 - Longside

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Some good news amongst the sad news. From the 1/12/2015 16 Air Assault Brigade are doing away with the Screaming Budgie and will wear the Pegasus as their symbol of British AIRBORNE FORCES. Loads more details about it on the Sqn.facebook page. Other bit of news is that the Wagon and Horses at Caythorpe has been sold and being turned into a Restaurant and bakery. Not so good news for us that attend the Caythorpe reunion. Chris
Tuesday 20 October2015 - Llanelly Hill

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sad news about Don Milton. We were good friends prior to him going to Hereford, then we lost contact. RIP Don
Tuesday 20 October2015 - Scotland

Steve{Paddy}Beattie | s_h_beattie~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Sad news. RIP Don.
Sunday 18 October2015 - Lancs

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
A sad way to go for a real Gent, RIP Don.
Sunday 18 October2015 - Cheltenham

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Sad News. Just been informed by Celia Starling (wife of Andy) that Don Milton died of a heart attack on 13th May 2015 (we have only just obtained details). He was cremated at Falkirk on 21st May. Don was 63 and living in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. RIP Don - another AB Brother who will be missed.
Sunday 18 October2015 - York

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
URGENT WARNING. Received a SCAM email address to me from Glen Bartliff (supposedly) asking for a loan of money as he is in Cyprus with a sick relative. Spoke to Glen this morning in York !! He is aware of this scam and has cleared me to put this on the web site.
Saturday 17 October2015 - York

Keith Weller for Jimmy Campbell | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
We will be meeting as usual at the NMA on Armistice Sunday to remember airborne friends and colleagues. Date this year is 8th November with the service starting around 10.00 - we usually meet at the main entrance around 09.30. We will be going to Branston G&CC after the remembrance ceremony for lunch and as always I need approximate numbers in order to book. Meal will be between £15 and £20 per head and to date it has been very good value. Please email or call me in the next week or so if you are planning to attend - jjc216@talk21.com or 07590 289633. Family and/or guests very welcome.
Tuesday 13 October2015 - Worcs

alex wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Dave, just back from Spain to hear the sad news of Jacky, my deepest thoughts are with you and your family. Stay strong mate.

Geordie. W
Tuesday 13 October2015 - leicester

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Very sorry for your loss Jacko, our thoughts are with you.
Tuesday 13 October2015 - Cider Country

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Jacko, Sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you. Bob & Maureen
Monday 12 October2015 - Cheltenham

Norrie Clanachan | john~DOT~clanachan~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Jaco. So sorry for your loss, deepest sympathies from myself and Christine
Monday 12 October2015 - Coleraine N Irland

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Dave, so very sorry to hear about your loss, please accept my condolences, Gus
Monday 12 October2015 - Darwen

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
So sorry to hear your news Dave. Margaret and I are planning to attend and will inform Ray
Sunday 11 October2015 - Burton on Trent

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Sorry to hear of you loss I did not know her but I know what it is like to lose a loved one I am still missing Betty my wife who passed away over 2 years ago.
Sunday 11 October2015 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Jacko, so sorry for your loss.deepest sympathies. Saki
Saturday 10 October2015 - Hartleoool

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Jacko, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I understand how you are feeling.
Saturday 10 October2015 - Scotland

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Very sorry to hear of your loss Jacko
Saturday 10 October2015 - Yorkshire

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy1~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Such sad news about Jacky. Carol kept in regular contact over the past few years by phone and was optimistic about a positive outcome. Carol has taken the news badly as they spent time together in Louis Margaret Hospital where they both gave birth. Our thoughts are with Dave who has been strong throughout the period of Jacky's illness. Dave has requested that anyone intending to be at the funeral leave details with me. My telephone No. is 07768410218.
Friday 9 October2015 - York

Lynn & John Bailey | baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
Dave So sad to hear that Jacky has died.
Our thoughts are with you and the family
Friday 9 October2015 - Hereford

John ORourke
Jacko.
Deep condolences!
Friday 9 October2015 - cyprus

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
It is with great sadness to tell you that my darling Jacky passed away peacefully on 1st October 2015. She fought the cancer for five and a half years in true airborne style. Jacky's funeral is on 21st October at St Micheals church, Aldershot at 1130am. Friends are welcome. If you would like to send flowers or a donation to " Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice", this can be done via the funeral directors E. Finch& Sons, Funeral Directors, 123 High Street, Aldershot, Hants, GU11 1TT. Could anyone wishing to come please contact Ray Duffy for info. Dave
Thursday 8 October2015 - Aldershot

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Message for John Aspinall.John the e mail address you gave me at Caythorpe seems to work as it does not bounce back but I have never got a reply from you can you send it to me.
Tuesday 6 October2015 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Stan Stanley | maddison135~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Message for Hugh Smith. Your proforma for the next reunion has been returned "not know at the address". The information for this can be picked up on the web site if you wish to attend. Sorry don't have an email address for you.
Tuesday 29 September2015 - Hereford

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
When we were at Caythorpe Chalkie Lloyd told us that Bob (Geordie) Hutchings had passed away I have the pleasure of informing you that he is alive and well I have just spoken to him this morning.
Sunday 20 September2015 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Norman/Norrie Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Another great weekend. Good to see old faces and meet new. A very special thanks to all those organizing and running the weekend. Mavis wouldn't miss it for the world! Take care and good health to all.Norrie and Mavis
Wednesday 9 September2015 - Darlington

Bob Hope | bob520hope~AT~aol~DOT~com
Just returned from abroad to hear of the sad passing of Dick. What a gentleman and operator. A true airborne soldier if ever there was one. Sadly missed by all.
Tuesday 8 September2015 - UK

frank kelly | fkelly314~AT~aol~DOT~com
Another great Caythorpe weekend. Many thanks to ALL involved in organising same.
Monday 7 September2015 - Stubbington

George McIntosh | fourshore1~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I was extremely sad to hear of the death of Dick Hamilton. When I moved from 264 Sig Sqn to 1 Div, 2 Sqn, Dick was my troop staffie, I did not find the move particularly easy. Dick was supportive and helpful in that transition, and I remember his kindness. We have lost another good man. RIP grumpy216
Friday 28 August2015 - UK

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you George

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
I will be visiting the NMA next week (1/2nd Sept. with Frank Kelly if anyone is in that neck of the woods next week pop in for a pint and a chat we are staying at the Goerge & Dragon in Alrewas.
Tuesday 25 August2015 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
It is with sad heart, that I write this, as you all know it is not very often that I get on the sqn site or in fact facebook, what a shock for both families, please accept my deepest sympathies, seems we all are nearing the same point in life, and the line gets longer at the bar in the sky.
Friday 21 August2015 - rig north sea

Dave Ramsay | daveramsay~AT~aol~DOT~com
Good morning Gentlemen, 3 Para El Gamil 56 Association are in the process of preparing a
“Memorial Book “ in which they intend to record the names and the subsequent date of death of the personnel from all the units who formed the 3 Para Group which dropped on El Gamil Airfield in 1956. I hold a list of those members of the then Signal Squadron, who took part in the drop and I am seeking information in respect of two of our number who I understand have since died: Sgt “Jock” Paxton, who I believe was from Paisley and Signalman Don Paddick, who lost a leg as a result of injuries sustained on the airfield, which resulted in him being invalided out of the Squadron in 1957. I believe he lived in Sussex or Surrey. Confirmation of the above and the year of their deaths would be greatly appreciated.

Next year will be the 60th Anniversary of the drop and we wish to locate a number of our group who to date we have been unable to trace. Any information in respect of the following would be gratefully received: Cpl Baxter, Cpl Griffiths, L/Cpl Green, Signalman Saddler, Signalman Smith, Signalman Watson, Signalman Herrington -Dropped with the French, L/Cpl Busted and Signalman Bayer - both dropped with 33 Par Fld Reg RA.

The 216 memorial page has provided me with much useful information, I would however like if possible to get confirmation that the Maurice Flynn shown, who I believe retired as Lt. Col. Is in fact the same Lt Flynn who dropped with us at El Gamil in 1956. If so is anyone able to provide more details?
Thursday 20 August2015 - Hythe Kent

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
And well done you, Jim - I'm sure the families appreciated your efforts
Wednesday 19 August2015 - Pateley Bridge

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Finally back home after travelling to Shetland and Harrogate to say farewell to special friends and colleagues. What a great effort by all involved, in organising and/or attending either or both funerals - just superb. You know what boys, if our attendance at such ocassions brings one crumb of comfort to the affected families, then I will double my effort to attend as often as I am able. I can report to you that June Hamilton, Diane Kirkman and their respective families felt real pride and comfort that so many could make it to pay their respects.
Thank you on their behalf and from me, it's a pleasure working with and for you. Take care
Monday 17 August2015 - Burton on Trent

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Having just returned from Shetland via Harrogate I would like second Alan's previous message regarding John's very moving and well attended funeral yesterday. Once again the Airborne fraternity firmly came to the fore with Jimmy's carefully crafted eulogy one of the highlights.
I would also like to add my personal thanks to Jimmy Campbell, John Aspinall and the many others who were able to make it to Shetland and to give Dick an equally moving send off. To have such detailed arrangements implemented so speedily was both welcome and serve as a true testimony to the spirit embedded in our organisation. Grumpy would have been proud. Peter
Friday 14 August2015 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Excellent turnout at John's funeral today, Jimmy's tribute was first class. Sad to have lost John and Dick so suddenly and so close together
Thursday 13 August2015 - Pateley Bridge

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