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RON HART | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
MESSAGE TO JOHN BYRNE ISLE OF MAN,JOHN LOST YOUR NUMBER DURING THE BYPASS PLEASE GIVE ME A CALL
Sunday 31 December2017 - geordieland

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
All the best for this coming year, may you have a good one. Barry
Friday 29 December2017 - on my backside

John Parsons | john~AT~pinelands~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Good afternoon Stan Stanley

Just seen your message re my whereabouts and would like to confirm I am alive and well! I served in 16 Para Signals Squadron 1956-7.
I am living in Battle, East Sussex. My address is Red Gables, 43 Hastings Road, Battle, East Sussex TN33 0TF.
Thursday 28 December2017 - Battle, UK

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
A peaceful Christmas and a happy healthy New Year. Look forward to seeing you all in 2018
Saturday 23 December2017 - Horsham West Sussex

Webmaster comments   Seasons Greetings Bernie

RON HART | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Merry Christmas and a healthy 2018 to all airborne signals young and old
Saturday 23 December2017 - geordieland

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Ron - Merry Christmas

Norman Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
A very merry Xmas and a happy and healthy New Year to one and all from Norman (Norrie) and Mavis. Ho ho ho!
Tuesday 19 December2017 - Darlington

Webmaster comments   I hope Father Christmas is good to you - Ho Ho Ho

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy84~AT~gmail~DOT~com
A Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year to all current and former members of 216 and their families.
Monday 18 December2017 - York

Webmaster comments   Best Wishes to you Ray

Norrie Clanachan | John~DOT~clanahan~AT~gmai~DOT~com
I would like to wish everyone a happy and merry Christmas and happy New Year
Sunday 17 December2017 - Coleraine N Irland

Webmaster comments   Thank you Norrie

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and joyful new year. Very best wishes. Dave(Jacko)
Wednesday 13 December2017 - Aldershot

Webmaster comments   Remember the Moorhen - Take Care Jacko

Lin Cardwell | lin~DOT~cardwell~AT~outlook~DOT~com
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.
Tuesday 12 December2017 - Bridgwater, Somerset

Webmaster comments   Nice to hear from you Lin - Seasons Greetings

Terence John Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.
Monday 11 December2017 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Terry

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I would just like to wish all our readers a Very Merry Christmas ans a Happy and Healthy New Year
Monday 11 December2017 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Seasons Greetings Brian

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Dates for the Caythorpe weekend for next year 2018 has been is on the Sqn. FB page.It is from 31st Aug. to the 2ndSept. That means that there is no excuse for anyone saying they could not attend due to lack of time to arrange the weekend. A very Happy Christmas and New Year to you all. Chris + Deb's
Friday 8 December2017 - High on a very snowy Hill in the Land of Song

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Louis a legend RIP
Sunday 5 November2017 - Ryton Tyne&Wear

William Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just read about Louis Golden's death and his obit in Times. What a guy, he was one of last Arnhem survivors. I look forward to his Military obit.
Saturday 4 November2017 - Great Yarmouth

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Louis Golden

Many of you may remember Louis from the Caythorpe reunions.

Louis (pronounced Lewis) Golden has just died. He has been an enormously generous benefactor of good causes around Petworth and further afield including, among many others, the British Legion.

He was one of the earliest red beret signals officers in WW2 and I believe was involved in Sicily and at Arnhem

His obit can be found on the following link :

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lewis-golden-obituary-22w79zp8p?shareToken=4aeadf68ad54ac2b14812198a0c570e3

Additional note : Private family funeral in London; memorial service at Petworth in due course.

Saturday 4 November2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Yet, another sad entry - you will need to copy and paste the link to your browser.

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Scouse Beswick's passing I enjoyed his company at thw last few meetings he attended. RIP
Wednesday 11 October2017 - Scotland

Billy Irwin
Details of Frank Beswick Funeral arrangements,St Bartholomew Church Rainhill Liverpool at 11AM Tuesday 17th October. Further information contact Mick Godfrey on 0161 4277701 .Regards to all Billy Irwin.
Wednesday 11 October2017 - southport

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Rest in peace Frank. You will be in the company of some very good friends. Jacko
Tuesday 10 October2017 - Aldershot

Geoff Guy | Geoffguy~DOT~gg~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Have received a message from a 2 Para mate of mine that a David Emmess has passed away. He is thought to be ex Airborne Signals, does anyone on this site have confirmation of this being the case.
Monday 9 October2017 - Bradford

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
RIP Frank
Monday 9 October2017 - Ryton Tyne&Wear

Gfteglife | drga5gf0i~AT~aol~DOT~com
Superb Web site, Keep up the beneficial work. Thanks for your time!
Monday 9 October2017 - Burkina Faso

Georgina Thompson | itsGeorginaOx518~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Im trying to find some friends of my nana & grandad Edith Wilkey And Anthony "Tony" Wilkey from the paras Gibbo, Alen , Skelly, Radar, Blakie there are lots more names but my mam can't remember them my nana and grandad Ran the globetrotter the Alexandra and the unicorn all between 1974 to the 80s just wondering if anyone can help
Sunday 8 October2017 - England

Webmaster comments   Brings back memories....

Ralph Porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
It is deep regret that I have to inform you all that Frank Beswick has died no details as yet. I first met Frank in Ellis Barracks he always attended the Airborne weekend. Rest in peace Mate
Saturday 7 October2017 - United Kingdom

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Craig, Very many thanks for the update. I have now sent a note to David's business e-mail in the hope I can make contact. Peter
Wednesday 4 October2017 - Bredon, Worcestershire

craig treeby | craig~DOT~treeby001~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Further to my last, just received the following from Doug Laing, "My sister and husband are safe in Toronto after getting to Puerto Rica by boat. Very tearful but grateful to the Puerto Ricans who have been brilliant.
Everything wrecked no electricity, only cash as no electronics for purchases. Island devastated, difficult to see how they can overcome disaster of this magnitude. Apparently Britain say we cannot use £13 billion Overseas Aid as they don't qualify!!"
Hopefully they can now start getting their lives back together.
Thursday 14 September2017 - Abingdon

Craig Treeby | craig~DOT~treeby001~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I have received news from Doug Laing that David and Gail are safe but lost 50% of their house. A day ago I was told they were trying to get to Puerto Rico and fly to Toronto to join their daughter.
Wednesday 13 September2017 - Abingdon

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Has anyone heard from David & Gail Harris? Many will be aware that they live in the British Virgin Islands an area that was badly affected by the recent hurricane. I have tried to contact them via email but I suspect given the damage to the island's infrastructure it may be many months before we hear. If anyone has any news please will they let me know.
Tuesday 12 September2017 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   I understand both David & Gail are well but their house was destroyed.

Norman Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Looks like it wasn't meant to be this year. We missed Caythorpe Gutted ! What with getting our weekends mixed up, my sister going into hospital with suspected encyphalitis, Me doing a lousey "front left" landing on one of our pavements near here. The pavement won. Am now battered and aching all over. Not a good start to September. Mavis really gutted./ She was looking forwards all year. Anyway we hope you all had a great weekend and drunk the pubs dry! Looking forwards to the next one, and thanks to Margaret who was concerned about our absence. All the best to all, Norman and Mavis
Thursday 7 September2017 - Darlington

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Gents thanks for your assistance regarding the cap badge. I have now sourced one and am awaiting delivery.
Tuesday 5 September2017 - Horsham West Sussex

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I had a great time at Caythorpe, I would like to thank John Aspinall and Ray Duffy for the work they put in on our behalf. Also all 216 personnel involved, with a special thanks to Capt Graham Lancaster.
Monday 4 September2017 - Scotland

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Lovely to catch up with everyone at Caythorpe. Special place. Next on the horizon is Armictice at the NMA on Sunday 12th November. Bit special this year as I understand John Aspinall would like to 'dedicate the bench' which is now in place by our tree. As always we will have a nice lunch after the events at the NMA which is another opportunity for a catch up with Airborne pals. Please email me ASAP and let me know if are planning to attend and if you want to be included in the lunch. Jimmy
Monday 4 September2017 - Burton on Trent

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
I have a couple that belonged to Eric Rose problem is when would I see you to give you one I don't think Eric would have minded
Monday 4 September2017 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Webmaster comments   Hello Bernie, I guess this one is for you.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Margaret WATSON runs the Sqn PRI sells everything you may want and more. 01206815238.
Monday 4 September2017 - Llanelly Hill

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Bernie, seems to be a few badges available on EBAY
Saturday 2 September2017 - Yorkshire

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Gents, I'm trying to get hold of a Signals cap badge. I've tried a couple of websites but to no avail. If anyone has a spare they don't need I would much appreciate it.
Friday 1 September2017 - Horsham, West Sussex

Webmaster comments   Hello Bernie see my email.

James Alderson | alderson_james~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I am trying to get hold of an old friend of mine called Mark Baker. Who served in 216 PSSquadron in the 90's. If anyone has his details please let me know thanks
Friday 11 August2017 - Australia

Paul Richardson | francolab~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Anyone in Arnhem 18.09.2017? Hello all. Alison and I are returning from a visit to friends in Austria and will be driving back through Holland on Monday September 18th so have decided to stay in Arnhem for the night. If anyone from the OCA will be there that afternoon/evening and would like to meet up for a drink, please email me. We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Nieuwe Oeverstraat 50 which is not too far from 'the bridge'. All the best. Paul.
Wednesday 9 August2017 - North Yorkshire

Webmaster comments   Paul's email francolab@btinternet.com

Colin Bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Hi Chris, I have booked to go to Caythorpe, see you there
Sunday 6 August2017 - Knaresborough

John duffy | Anneandjohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Last night I was in Merville Bks for 2 Para inter company boxing finals.
In the 7 bouts, there was 1-ko, two fights were stopped by the ref, three unanimous verdicts and 1 split decision. As you can see a superb night of boxing by some excellent young boxers. Bodes well for the Btn winning back the army major units trophy. After we had a few beers in 2 Para's Sgt Mess, followed by the usual "Ruby Murray" - Happy days!!
Friday 4 August2017 - Clacton on sea

Webmaster comments   Brings back fond memories John

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
How many are going to CAYTHORPE. Chris.
Tuesday 1 August2017 - LlanellyHill

Webmaster comments   Unfortunately can't make it this year, taking the grandchildren to Pembrokeshire. The 4th August is the cut-off for returns.

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray - Ralph and I paid our respects from us all, bit of a damp day, but nice service for him. Although did not go back for drink, (didn't think car would make it) crappy Ford's
Friday 28 July2017

Webmaster comments   Good to see someone made it - sounded like a nice guy.

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I served with Lt McGillivray in 33rd Signal Troop in 1952/3 and knew him very well later in the Corps. He gave me 3 days jankers for the heinous military crime of dust on the tent floor and which we laughed about years later. He was a soldiers soldier and ran a great troop. Too far for me to make it to the funeral but I will be there in spirit. RIP Sir.
Tuesday 25 July2017 - Great Yarmouth

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Sorry to hear about Mr. MacFarland he was a good OC when I was in the Squadron would have liked to have gone to the funeral but have a doctors appointment that day. RIP
Monday 24 July2017 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Lads, this just up the road from me, So will be there on Wednesday to see him on his way, and pass on condolence from us all.
Monday 24 July2017 - Moorview Road

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Subject : Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray

Dear Stan,

We thought you’d like to know that Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray O.B.E. (390702) of Richmond, North Yorkshire died peacefully on Saturday 15th July, aged 89, surrounded by his beloved wife Sylvia and children Fiona and Andrew. ‘Black Mac’ served with The Royal Signals, 16 Ind. Para Bgd and 33rd Airborne in Egypt, Cyprus, Aden, Germany, Turkey and in the UK. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Service at Darlington Crematorium on 26th July at 11.45 a.m. followed by a reception at The Kings Head, Richmond from 1p.m. In lieu of flowers there will be a collection for Bethesda, a charity in Stornoway that he supported with his bagpipe playing.

Everyone who knew him is very welcome.

We’d be so grateful if you could pass this news on to anyone in the Airborne Signals Old Comrades Association who knew him, as the times he spent serving with the airborne and the good fellowship he enjoyed throughout, were very close to his heart.

With best wishes

Andrew & Fiona MacGillivray
Sunday 23 July2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Sad news once again

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Have had a few more proformas returned "not at this address" for the reunion. Have managed to sort a couple but does anyone know the whereabouts of Jim Bain, John Parker,Dennis Lappin, John Clarke, John Parsons and Peter Fearn?
Thursday 20 July2017 - Hereford

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Really sorry to hear the news about Arnie. Served with him in an infantry section with 1 Para in Aden. Top bloke. Guys, as the requests for contributions to obituaries continue can I make a suggestion. Go on to the appropriate Yougov website and download the form for requesting your military records. I have just recently done this and received the lot within a couple of weeks,free of charge. This will be a great help to whoever has to do the deed in the future. I am planning to do this myself in the next few months, write the obituary I mean, not die!! Take care.
Wednesday 28 June2017 - Burton on Trent

Webmaster comments   So please you are not thinking of leaving us just yet.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Request for Photo's -Dear Stan Stanley,


I am writing to you today on behalf of my Nan and Grandad. Unfortunately as of 2012 my Grandad, Graham William Bale, has been ill due to progressing Alzheimer's. It has been very distressing for all of us to watch him slowly deteriorate.


My Nan has asked if anybody has any pictures of my Grandad and if you could advise us on where we can get a flag with his regiment number on for his funeral. Thank you for the invites for reunions, but of course due to my Grandad being bedbound he cannot attend though i'm sure he would still love to. We will inform you in the event of his passing.


Kind Regards,
Connor Allbright
Friday 23 June2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Please contact Stan or Ray if you can help

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe Returns - The cut-off for returning your Caythorpe return is August 4th. If you intend going please have your return back to the Squadron as soon as possible.
Tuesday 20 June2017 - Worcestershire

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