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Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Update on my son Lee. After almost 5 weeks he is allowed home for a few hours and has just heard he is to be transferred to the head trauma unit in Walton Liverpool. He is now holding proper conversation but gets tired, the future looks good and he should make a full recovery. Thank you so much for all the support on here both myself and Midge are so grateful it means such a lot. This is for Terry,Lee is the youngest the one you babysat for is now 55 years old.where does time go? Thank you everyone Midge & Nod.
Tuesday 12 March2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Great news Noddy

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Sad to hear that Ivor has gone to the Big DZ. I remember him transferring from Para Regt. Condolences to his family RIP Ivor
Friday 8 March2019 - Darlington

peter pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to of the passing of Ivor Wells. Without a doubt,one of the best SSM's 216 ever had
Thursday 7 March2019 - Dewsbury

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe 2019 - A letter and booking form confirming the Caythorpe weekend can now be found on our Newsletters page. For further details contact Margaret Watson on 01206 815238
Thursday 7 March2019 - Worcestershire

Ray Duffy | secretary~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org
Will take place on Monday 18th March 2019 at 1430 hrs. Venue - Dukinfield Crematorium, Hall Green Road, Dukinfield, SK16 4EP
0161 3301901
Wednesday 6 March2019 - York

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
It wasn't the pokey drill that turned you into a big strong lad Mick, it was all of those holes Keith Weller made you dig
Wednesday 6 March2019 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   He was always a good lad to have on your Det.

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear the news of Ivor Wells. My first SSM. He took me under his wing in the Sqn shooting team. Made me do pokey drill with an LMG to strengthen my arms for shooting as he told me an SLR was too light for a big Jock! RIP Ivor
Tuesday 5 March2019 - Scotland

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Keith, Thank you for the heads up, I was on that drop, hopefully I can attend, Gus
Sunday 3 March2019 - Darwen

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Kiel Canal 45th Anniversary - Please see PDF on the News Letters page.
Sunday 3 March2019 - Worcestershire

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So sad to hear of Ivor`s passing. A true Airborne Warrior. I had the privilege of serving in Borneo with Him, a fairer Boss I've never met. Will be sadly missed by all who served with Him. RIP Ivor.
Sunday 3 March2019 - Walsall

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sad to hear about Ivor’s passing. He certainly gave me a few bollockings but he was firm but fair. RIP a stalwart of 216
Friday 1 March2019 - Eden Australia

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
RIP Ivor. As a 21 year-old Sergeant he eased my apprehensive entry to the Sgts Mess. Never a man to heap praise it was good to hear at the last reunion he attended that I and Keith Weller were his "best operators".
Thursday 28 February2019 - Pateley Bridge

Noddy irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Just heard the very sad news of Ivor's passing,he was a good friend both in the army and out and we kept in touch by phone every couple of months.A top soldier and great friend.Our sincere condolences go to Val and all his family. R.I.P Ivor Noddy and Midge.
Thursday 28 February2019 - Dubai

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sad to hear of Ivor’s passing, a good man who will be sorely missed.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Darwen

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
Ivor. A great soldier and comrade. Learned so much from him. RIP Ivor. Please advise of funeral details.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Littlehampton

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Bill/Noddy, andMidge, just read about your son, we hope he makes a full and speedy recovery. We’re both thinking of you. Best wishes. Wee Mac and Linda
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Scotland

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Very sad to hear of Ivor's passing. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Ivor.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Cider County

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
RIP Ivor. A good help to me and Viv in our early days in the Squadron.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Whitley Bay

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Ivor Wells passing. R.I.P. Sir from the Cardwell brothers.
Wednesday 27 February2019 - Aberdeenshire

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Bob. I have Jakes address in Fiji. Email me your contact details so I can forward his details to you. Glad to help. Dave (Jacko)
Tuesday 26 February2019 - Aldershot

Pete bibby | Pete-pambibby~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear Ivor has passed away,a
good friend and a great darts player.RIP Ivor
Tuesday 26 February2019 - Essex

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just been informed by Ralph Porter that one of our old comrades has passed away
Ivor Wells. RIP Ivor.
Tuesday 26 February2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Bob, try Tom Morrell for a contact number for Jake. I will email you Tom's email
Tuesday 26 February2019 - Pateley Bridge

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
The last time I saw Jake was at the 2006 reunion at Scotch Corner. I'm not sure if someone said he was living in Darlington
Monday 25 February2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Robert Law | bob07971314267~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi - I am Bob Law x-23PFA - I am trying to locate a very good friend of mine Jake Mateyeya ( not sure of spelling). Jake was from Fiji and the last I heard he was back living there, I believe one or two of his daughters are/were in the British Army, I last saw him at his daughters married quarter Oxford in the 90s en route to the Aldershot Army Show. I remember well the Ghana trip among other times
Sunday 24 February2019 - Oswestry

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Robert, I am sure someone can point you in the right direction.

A NAYLOR | angelnaylor~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I'm trying to find anyone who may have remembered my father. He served in the 216 royal signals and was in Cyprus and Borneo. His name was J. Devignat
Thursday 21 February2019

Noman Norrie HORTON | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Sorry to hear about your sons accident Noddy. We wish him a speedy recovery. Norrie and Mave
Thursday 21 February2019 - Darlington

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Noddy, We hope the recovery continues and back to normal as soon as possible. Regards Bob & Maureen
Wednesday 20 February2019 - lincoln

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Noddy and Midge. Very sorry to hear your son Lee has had an accident. He’s a strong lad and am sure he will make a full recovery. Rooting for him. Stay strong. Jacko
Friday 15 February2019 - Aldershot

Dave and Pat Fox | ddf216~AT~aol~DOT~com
sad to hear about Lee Noddy Pat and myself hope he makes a speedy recovery he is a strong boy
Friday 15 February2019

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Thank you for the messages of support it means such alot to Midge and myself. Lee is now stable and all tubes are out,he gets mixed up with short conversation and gets very tired but that's to be expected,still early days.We are lucky he didn't damage his spine,broken leg broken hand and swelling to the brain.I will give sitrep in couple of weeks so Thank you all again Nod & Midge.
Friday 15 February2019 - Southport

TomWhiting | tomwhiting~AT~tiscali~DOT~co~DOT~uk
So sorry to hear of your son's accident and hope he makes a speedy recovery
Friday 15 February2019 - Crodon

Colin Bradbury | Colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Noddy & Midge, Sad to read about Lee, fingers crossed for a speedy and complete recovery. Worrying time for you guys, stay strong. Am in Oz at the moment and have just seen your post.
Thursday 14 February2019 - Esperance Western Australia

Eric Richards | erichards1 ~AT~sky~DOT~com
Best wishes to both hope your son makes speedy and full recovery
Wednesday 13 February2019 - Tamworth

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hope all goes well for your son Noddy & Midge.
Tuesday 12 February2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Rex Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Noddy, our thoughts are with you and Midge. We hope Lee makes a speedy recovery.
Tuesday 12 February2019 - Birmingham

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
My Very Best wishes Noddy+Midge.Hope the lad makes a full recovery. Chris
Monday 11 February2019 - Llanelly Hill

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I hope your boy recovers soon Nod, I think I met Lee at one of the reunions a good few years ago
Sunday 10 February2019 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Noddy, is this the lad I baby sat many moons ago? Whatever, I hope the lad recovers quickly and back to full health.
Saturday 9 February2019 - Whitley Bay

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Just to inform the lads who know my son Lee that he was involved in a motor cycle accident on Thursday night no other vehicle involved. He took most damage to the head and has been in a coma ever since although he is breathing by himself now.There is no change in his condition but I will keep you informed.Most of his 3 para mates have sent messages of support. Cheers Billy& Midge
Saturday 9 February2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   My thoughts are with you & Midge

Steve Richardson | stever95~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I am seeking information on my late father who served with the 216 Para Signals in Cyprus & Borneo. My father Alan Liston Richardson sadly passed away on 15/12/2016
If any of the members remember Dad i would love to hear from them.
Best Regards
S. Richardson
Friday 8 February2019 - Portsmouth

Webmaster comments   Nice to hear from you Steve. I'm sure someone will remember your father. Did he live in Portsmouth and did he have a back problem.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Happy New year. Football probably had some bearing on knees. I did P Coy in 1962. The ITV series was pretty good.
Sunday 27 January2019 - Whitley Bay

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Chris was right about being told to bugger off but when I reported to the coy office I was told to get back on the course and it was only toward the end that I was told to pack my kit and report back to the Sqn. I must have been a clown to have gone back to 'P' Coy in the first place but my posting order sent me there.I thought that's the last time I will see this place "wrong" some years later back there on the staff for 5 years. Lucky me.
Sunday 27 January2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   You can never keep a good man down !

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Red Beret was given after last jump at Abingdon. Those were the days. I'm suffering for it now having had 2 full knee replacements, albeit 10 years ago.
Wednesday 23 January2019 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Happy New Year Terry - nothing to do with Football !! What year did you do it

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I am watching the Para Selection as we all are with interest and comparison, Noddy I remember that you and I were on P Company together. It turned out to be on your return to the Squadron. I remember when we turned up for our course photograph dressed in our BD's the course instructor noticed you had wings on his BD and after asking you what the score was told you to bugger off the course as nobody had to do pass P Coy twice. Chris
Wednesday 23 January2019 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Thanks Chris - Any more P Coy stories around....

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~comI
I agree Gus with your analysis.The recruits of course are built up so when it's selection they are well prepared unlike the all arms course which is bit of a shock to some. Notice the assault course, trainasium and Wales were not included as they do it time after time in training and they do the Fan on advance Wales tactics etc. I think the great Duke Man would appreciate the language 'God bless him' anyway not much has changed and still a very high standard.
Tuesday 22 January2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Do you remember when you were given your Red Beret - I seem to recall it was after your last jump at Abingdon

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
I thought that the portrayal of P Coy was quite accurate. Two things though, I don't remember that the language was that foul, but to todays young men I suppose it is not considered so, and we weren't called Joe but only referred to by the Number on our helmets. I also had studded boots but this was back in 58/59. I also thought that our Squadron Pre Para was harder that P Coy but then that was the idea of it. Only 4 passed.
Tuesday 22 January2019 - Hampshire

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Gus - do you still have that P Coy photograph.

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
If anyone is looking to go to Arnhem this year for the 75 anniversary of Operation Market Garden and are looking for rooms the Hotel Van Der Valk has rooms (not the cheapest) and about 4 miles out of Arnhem but as acomodation is VERY hard to com by in the area it might be something to look at.
Tuesday 15 January2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Thanks for the input Brian

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
HI gents. Sorry did not give Christmas and New Year greetings. Computer and me have not been "in the pink" but am plodding on Anyway, a Happy and healthy New Year to all. Take care, Norman and Mavis
Tuesday 15 January2019 - Darlington

Webmaster comments   Best Wishes Norrie + Mavis

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
The one aspect of the 'P'coy selection which should be remembered is that some did the trainasium in studded boots. It was quite eerie especially if on a winter course. The monkey run and shuffle bars R.T.U'd quite a few lads back then but those that followed in D.M.S. would have done it just the same. No good singers Keith only me and I will be belting some Billy Fury and Ricky Nelson out at the weekend.
Monday 14 January2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Ricky Nelson & Billy Fury - that dates you Noddy

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