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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.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
News from Stan/Deanna

Date of closure for the reunion is now Friday 4th May as the hotel want the information in advance for catering purposes.

Any raffle prizes would be gratefully received.

Friday 27 April2018 - Worcestershire

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Just received news that Graham William Bale died yesterday 25.04.18, he served in the Sqn in the early sixties and was in Cyprus with the Brigade in 1964.
Thursday 26 April2018 - UK

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Chris so sorry regarding Debs passing only just found out. A lovely lady who will be missed by all. The Irwin clan send their respects and condolences.
Wednesday 25 April2018 - Southport

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry for your loss Chris. God Bless you Debbie and R.I.P.
Tuesday 24 April2018 - Longside Aberdeenshire

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I would like to thank all that have sent messages after the death of my beloved wife Debbie. Her funeral will take place a 2pm on the 8th May at Cwmbran Crematorium, Treherbert Road Cwmbran.NP44 2BZ. I will sort out somewhere for us to celebrate her life in due course. (Back in Abergavenny).Anyone needing accomodation they have just opened a new Premier Inn in Abergavenny. Chris
Saturday 21 April2018 - Llanelly Hill

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Very sad for your loss Chris. RIP Debs. Condolences to you and your family. Dave
Tuesday 17 April2018 - Aldershot

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris, so sorry for your loss.Linda and myself sehd our condolences. Saki
Tuesday 17 April2018 - Hartlepool

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy84~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sad to hear the news about Debs. She will be sadly missed by everyone - we will all miss her special smile. RIP Debs x
Tuesday 17 April2018 - York

Eric Richards
Chris so sorry to hear that Debbie has passed away our thoughts are with you and family
Tuesday 17 April2018

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of your sad loss.May she RIP
Tuesday 17 April2018 - Darlington

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Chris, My thoughts are with you & yours
Tuesday 17 April2018 - N.Yorks

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Chris, so sorry to hear of your loss. Deb's was an incredibly brave lady and will be missed. Keep strong
Gus & Liz
Monday 16 April2018 - Hampshire

Rex Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Chris, Ann and I are very sorry to hear that Debs has passed away.Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.
Sunday 15 April2018 - Birmingham

Terence John Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Sorry to hear your news Chris. RIP Debbie
Sunday 15 April2018 - Beaumont Park

peter bibby | peter-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Hi Chris,Pam and I are so sorry to hear of your very sad loss of Debs, our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.Pete.
Sunday 15 April2018 - essex

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear about Debs Chris
Sunday 15 April2018 - Pateley Bridge

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just a quick note to say that my beloved wife Debbie died in the early hours of the morning. Chris
Saturday 14 April2018 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   So very Sad Chris - I will email you direct.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Wishing you a speedy recovery Terry
Saturday 14 April2018 - Pateley Bridge

Terence John Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Just recovering from open heart surgery, valves and bipass. Main thing I'm still here. Hope everyone are ok.
Friday 13 April2018 - Beaumont Park

Webmaster comments   Good news Terry, I hope you continue with a speedy recovery.

Stephen Margison | airborne314~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi guys, best wishes from sunny Madeira. Just a quick line to say I'm looking forward to the reunion next month. Hope to see lots of you there.
Thursday 12 April2018 - Madeira

Norman Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
hullo all old comrades. Am still struggling after my fall last summer and now have a big sick, like many others. On top of that I have the added pleasure of statins. B awful affects in my arms and legs so can't walk far without a NAAFI break. Must stop whingeing!! Can't make the May reunion but hope to be at Caythorpe. Anyway guys have a great week end AND KEEP TAKING THE TABLETS Haha !!
Thursday 12 April2018 - Darlington

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Keith, please send me copy of format and I will get it sorted.Gus
Thursday 12 April2018 - Darwen

Webmaster comments   Hi Gus, good to hear from you. If you take a look at the following link this will give you the format. You may need to copy and paste.

http://www.216parasigs.org.uk/nav/documents/EricRose.pdf

Billy Haslam | billhaslam~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Golf at Barnsley Sat 19 May 2018
The event will take place at Sandhill GC Barnsley first Tee time at 1100hrs.
The cost per round is £27.50 payable on the day. This includes bacon roll/coffee
Buggies can be booked by those requiring them on 01226755079
As in previous years we will be competing for the Marshall Cup. A small entrance fee will be collected to pay for prizes on the day.
Please contact me if you require further info.
Wednesday 11 April2018 - Northampton

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Hi Guys, Obituaries – I know this is a difficult subject but having lost our obituaries scribe it is becoming difficult to put a good obit together, doing justice to the guy, quoting dates and service accurately with other memorable information.

My request is that if you would like an orbituary on the website you actually think about writing one now. I am sure this will save a lot of heartache and possible distress in the future.

Please take a look at the format we have adopted, no more than a couple of pages of A4 with a photograph (Jpeg) if you wish.

I would suggest that you send Ray or me a copy in Word format, or give us a copy at the reunion. Hopefully we will not need it for many years.

Going one step forward I could actually format it and send a copy for your approval.

If you need any help please drop me an email.
Tuesday 10 April2018 - Worcestershire

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Having got a bit of an all clear from my consultant I can now do what I was going too before my scare.Roger Burrow and myself are booked up to go to the NMA in May and possibly Frank Kelly. We are planning to stay at The Shoulder Of Mutton pub in Barton under Needwood from Wed. 16th May till Fri. 18th May arriving on the 16 doing the NMA on the 17th then travelling up to Barnsley on the 18th for the reunion.So if anyone lives nearby and would like to meet up for a pint or two please let me know and we can arrange a meet,or anyone would like to join us for the vist to the NMA.
Thursday 5 April2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Good news Brian - you will enjoy the NMA, well worth a visit

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Deleting a Facebook Account - I understand Facebook make it difficult to delete an account. If you look at our Newsletters you will find a PDF on how to delete your account - I hope this might be useful.
Tuesday 3 April2018 - Worcestershire

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Reunion coming up and I am visiting the hotel next week. Anyone wishing to attend please send proforma and cheque asap. If you cannot remember whether you have sent this to me please do not hesitate to contact me.
Monday 2 April2018 - Hereford

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I only use this means to keep up with what’s going on. I know that a lot of brothers use Twitter to keep in touch but I am not a fan of it. This site is more secure as many Twitter users will know. Please keep the site and let’s hope we can attract some of our airborne brothers back . Dave (Jacko) Beware the Moor Hen
Friday 30 March2018 - Aldershot

Dick Hudd | dickhudd~AT~outlook~DOT~com
The funeral of Tony Blake will take place at 12.00 hrs on Tuesday 17th April at Easthampstead Park Crematorium, South Road, Bracknell,RG40 3DN. Any one wishing or able to attend please phone Nigel Blake on 07768 040278
Friday 30 March2018 - Sidcup Kent

Alan hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
For those of you who use BBC IPLAYER I would recommend that you see the episodes of "The Young Offenders" - language is a bit ripe but generally it's bloody hilarious
Saturday 24 March2018 - Pateley Bridge

Lynn & John Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
We’re still using keep going. X
Wednesday 21 March2018 - Hereford

Webmaster comments   I hope young John is now retired !!!

Dave Ramsay | daveramsay~AT~aol~DOT~com
Very sad news, Tony has been unwell for some time and has not been able to attend our reunions over the last few years. I served with Tony in the squadron in 1955 and we were flown to Cyprus (In Shackleton bombers) as part of the Brigade HQ advance party in January 1956. We shared a 6 man tent and attempted to establish a link to the Squadron in Aldershot via a 52 set until the Brigade and the rest of the Squadron arrived in August 1956.

Tony was part of our group that dropped at El Gamil in November 1956 and was a keen supporter of our 3 Para Group -El Gamil 56 Association. He liked and enjoyed the Caythorpe reunions and will be sadly missed by all of us.

RIP Tony (scabby) Blake

Tony, a Corporal had previously served in the Korean War, he was one of the best operators - wireless and line, if not the best in the Squadron. During his time in Cyprus he obtained his GPO Amateur wireless licence - Call sign: ZC4TB
Sunday 18 March2018 - hythe kent

Webmaster comments   Sounds like a good man - in amateur talk 73's Tony R.I.P SK VA

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So So sorry to hear of Tony Blake's death. They don't make many operators like him. RIP Tony, you will be missed.
Sunday 18 March2018 - Great Yarmouth

Wally Dinsdale | wallyd~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Tony was a Harrogate Apprentice and a great wireless operator. The Navy Lads complimented Tony on his work as he was Batt HQ to HMS Tyne during the Suez farce
An avid HAM and a great Mate. Most units abroad had their own shop (we always had special name for it ) and it wouldn't be long before Tony had made contact with Indian owners and had many a good Curryl
Sunday 18 March2018 - Teesside

Dick Hudd | dickhudd~AT~outlook~DOT~com
It's with great sorrow that I have to report the death of Tony Blake. Tony was in the Squadron in the 16th Independent days.Tony took part in the last operational drop at El Gamil in November 1956.A true friend. RIP
Saturday 17 March2018 - Sidcup Kent

Webmaster comments   Sad news once again - further details to follow. RIP Tony

Bob Mills | bobsuemills~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Stan please send proforma via email.
Sorry ageism.
Saturday 10 March2018 - dorchester

Webmaster comments   Ageish Bob - a young lad like you !!!

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I would just like to state the OCA website is not getting used a great deal.You know what the saying is Use it or Lose it. Just saying.
Tuesday 6 March2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Appreciate your concerns Brain - hopefully we can last a little longer.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Can we help this ex-pat.

Hope you can help or point me in the right direction.

I am an ex-pat living in New Zealand, and I am proud to own an ex-military Land Rover 110 Defender (Tithomous). FFR Hard Top 12/24V

Army registration 59-KK-59

I inquired with the MoD about the vehicles history and they kindly gave me the units served with records.

Pleased to say that the vehicle served with the Squadron between July 1993 to June 1998, believed to have been based out of Colchester. That's all they have.

I wondered if you could ask your members or advise who I should contact to find out if any other records are around, where deployed, any photos in service, or any recollections.

I have kept her in Army spec and would love to put her back into how she looked in service, that includes buying the clansman gear to go back in.

So any help is much appreciated.

Alan Russell

Monday 5 March2018 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Could be an interesting story - how a ex British Army L/R found it's way to New Zealand

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Just a reminder all those wishing to attend the reunion could you please send proformas and cheques as soon as possible. The deadline for these will be Friday 11th May 2018. If you have lost your proforma please do not hesitate to contact me and I will get one out to you. Regards looking forward to seeing you all.
Sunday 25 February2018 - Hereford

John duffy | Annejohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Last night I was in Merville bks as 2 para hosted the 4 scots (Highlanders) in the quarter finals of the Army major units boxing comp.
Of the scheduled 8 bouts, The Jocks withdrew 2 boxers, giving 2 para a walkover 2 fight lead.
The remaining 6 bouts were shared 3 bouts each.
The boxing was outstanding, as was the banter between both sets of supporters, the jocks singing "flower of Scotland" with 2 para chanting "we pay your benefits" "we pay your benefits"!!
After we returned to 2 para officers mess for the mess curry supper & drinks. So 2 para March on to the semi finals, leaving the jocks with the long journey back to Catterick camp.
A journey which rings a bell for many of us!!
Friday 23 February2018 - Clacton-on-sea Essex

Webmaster comments   They made up for in the Rugby !!!

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Brian, have got one email address for Chalky, not sure if valid. Will email
Sunday 4 February2018 - Pateley Bridge

Craig Treeby | craig~DOT~treeby001~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I've just heard from Dave Harris, message as follows:
"Things are progressing, all be it slowly. We are still fighting with the insurance people but this will eventually be resolved. The work on restoring the house is already underway and we feel enough has been done that Gail and I will be able to camp in the house whilst the rest is done. We are actually moving back to Tortola on Saturday 10 February . The islands as a whole still need a lot of work, it will take a few years. 3 billionaires, including Branson, have all offered to put up US$1 billion each if the UK Government will match the funding. So far no response from the UK on this. But the UK has given US$400 million in funding so far on the strict ruling that the funds are controlled by the Governor, not the local politicians. We will see what develops.

Yes, Gail and I will be at the reunion. Not sure yet whether we will arrive on the Friday or the Saturday. See you there"
All sounds pretty positive, I'm sure we will have a chance to catch up more on their story in May.
Friday 2 February2018 - Abingdon

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