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Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of the passing of two of our Comrades I passed prepara with Ernie's help. I can't remember how many of us did P Company, but I was the only one to pass.

RIP Both.
Tuesday 17 May2022 - The Black Country

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi all just been informed by Frank Kelly that our old comrades Frank Maguirk passed away on Saturday served in the Squadron late 50s until about 1964 he was my det commander in Cyprus in 1961 with 2 Para
Monday 16 May2022 - Ryton Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   RIP Frank

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of the passing of Ernie, I didn't do pre para with him I was a bit before that but got to know him after. I had a couple of National Service guys. We ,like Rex, started with 24 and ended up with 4 passing and then only2 of us passed P coy. the other being Leon Lofthouse.[Lofty]. The last I heard of Sammy Leggat he was living in Farnborough. Great bloke. Keep well and safe
Gus
Tuesday 10 May2022 - Hampshire

Harry Houston | harryhouston~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Jim Methven
Monday 9 May2022 - Shifnal

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I remember the name Sammy Leggit but that's about all I remember he was in the Squadron at the same time as me but that's all I remember.
Sunday 8 May2022 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Does Sammy Leggatt ring a bell?
Saturday 7 May2022 - Whitley Bay

Rex,Paddy Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
So sorry to hear that Ernie has passed. He put me through prepara in early 60s. Thirty of us started and only two of us were sucessful. Tom Cullen was the other one who I haven't heard about since the troubles in Ulster. RIP Ernie
Saturday 7 May2022 - Birmingham

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Rex.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Who else worked with Ernie doing pre para training in the 60's other than Rod C.?
Thursday 5 May2022 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   I just remember Rod who gave me a hard time, later we became best of friends. If I remember he went out for a short time and then re-enlisted as a TG Op.

Bernie McDonough | bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sad to hear about Ernie Hunter. He and Rod Cunningham beasted me around Farnborough and Aldershot for my pre-para course.
Wednesday 4 May2022 - Horsham West Sussex

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Rest in Peace Ernie. Memories from Ellis Barracks days
Tuesday 3 May2022 - Whitley Bay

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
A few rooms have become available at the hotel due to cancellations for ill health reasons. If anyone wishes to relocate at a cheaper rate to the Holiday Inn please let me know asap. Also, any donations for the draw on the Saturday evening would be gratefully received. Looking forward to seeing you all after such a long time.
Friday 29 April2022 - Hereford

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
MORE SAD NEWS I HAVE JUST BEEN INFORMED THAT ERNIE HUNTER DIED LAST NIGHT IN HIS SLEEP.REST IN PEACE MATE
Monday 25 April2022 - ENGLAND

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Who's going to Barnsley?
Thursday 7 April2022 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   That's a Yes

Terry Sanson | terry~DOT~sanson~AT~wyorks~DOT~ssafa~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Hi Everyone,

Thought would inform you of the passing of Phil Kendall ex 216 Para Sigs Squadron.

Phil was the divisional secretary for SSAFA covering Keighley and worked tirelessly supporting ex members of our armed forces for many years.

Even when his health was failing Phil showed the Para attitude of never giving up and will be deeply remembered and sadly missed.

Not sure if a flag bearer for the squadron could be made available along side the one from SSAFA.

Date: Thursday 21st April at 2.30pm
Venue: Oakworth Crematorium, Wide Lane, Keighley BD22 0R
Wake: TBA
Thursday 31 March2022 - Yorkshire

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Just a reminder for those who are attending the reunion in May please return your proforma as soon as possible. Several people have booked rooms and I have sent letters to them asking if they are attending. However, to date I have only received 2 replies. If you have changed your address or telephone number please let me know. Looking forward to seeing you all in May.
Tuesday 22 March2022 - Hereford

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Yes Keith, 80 in May.Still fairly fit between phumonia, hernia op and covid .k
Wednesday 2 March2022 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Let's hope it makes western politicians wake up and start spending on defence. They clearly have never heard what we hear in the ring "defend yourselves at all times"
Monday 28 February2022

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I think we are all too old to be called up now. Hope Ukraine succeeds.
Monday 28 February2022 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   I think you maybe right Terry and yes lets hope they do succeed. You must be knocking on 80 now ?

Chris Allen | ceejayallen~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
In 1969 some 216 personnel were sent to form E Tp of 244 Sigs with RAF paras from the Tactical Signals Wing at RAF Tangmere. I was one of those RAF paras, and I went on my first det to NI with Brum Bolas. I'd like to get in touch with him. I don't remember many of the RSigs blokes I'm sorry to say. There was Sgt McCullough, Cpl Mick Waterworth [who went AAC]. It was 53 years ago!
I was the nco i/c the Tactical Air Operations Centre Belize 1980/81, and I met LCpls Rick Exley and Dan [?] who were in my section on a six-week det.
Saturday 22 January2022 - Philippines

Webmaster comments   Who remembers Chris Allen and the lads that went to 244

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
The reunion at Barnsley on the 20-22 May 2022 is going ahead. If any of you are unable to attend and have booked rooms in the Holiday Inn please do not cancel direct with the hotel as I have a waiting list for rooms just let me know. Also, I will arrange for you to be reimbursed for the cost of your meal if you have already paid. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries. Looking forward to seeing you all in May
Friday 21 January2022 - Hereford

Ralph Porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Eric's funeral is on the 20th of January at 2pm at St Asaph Crem, Glascoed Road Denbighshire LL17 0LG.
Tuesday 11 January2022 - UK

ralph porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
so sorry to hear of Erics passing
Friday 7 January2022 - uk

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
The Following was received from Craig Treeby - 50th Anniversary of the Aldershot Bombing

50th Anniversary of the bombing by the IRA of the 16 PARA Bde Officers’ Mess. The bombing was an attack by the Official IRA on 22 February 1972 on the Officers’ Mess of HQ 16 Para Bde in Aldershot and was claimed as a revenge for the so called ‘Bloody Sunday events a few weeks before. Padre Gerry Weston (RC Padre) was killed and six civilian staff (mostly female cleaners). Official IRA member Noel Jenkinson was convicted and imprisoned for his part in the bombing. To mark this significant event the Aldershot PRA are holding a special event consisting of a Drumhead service (1200), unveiling of a new memorial on the site of the atrocity and a short march past of veterans. The day will conclude with a light lunch (sponsored by SODEXO) in the Garrett’s Sports Club House. If you would like to attend this (free) event, please contact either Stuart Hepton of Iain Rodgers (respectively President and Chairman of the Aldershot PRA) on stuart.hepton583@icloud.com or iain.rodgers1@btinternet.com ASAP.

Craig goes onto say that Dave Harris is not a well man and would appreciate hearing from old friends.

Wednesday 5 January2022 - Worcestershire

p m pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear about Eric. I joined the army at the same time as Eric.He was one of the best. R.I.P. Mate
Tuesday 4 January2022 - Dewsbury

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I keep trying to picture Eric but unable to but I obviously knew him RIP Eric there will be a few old comrades up there in Vallhala waiting for you to get the drinks in.
Tuesday 4 January2022 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the death of Eric.
Mary my condolences are with you at this time. Eric and Mary were neighbors for some time at Ellis barracks and Liz and Mary were great friends. I first meet him in Barroso Barracks I think. RIP.
Monday 3 January2022 - Hampshire

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Happy New Year to everyone. I am recovering from pnuemonia and the subsequent herrnia caused by severe coughing, but yesterday both Viv and I have tested positive to this bloody covid.So we are now in isolation. It can only get better hopefully.
Sunday 2 January2022 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Get well soon Terry - Happy New Year mate.

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
RIP Eric. Another Brother Lost but not Forgotten.
Sunday 2 January2022 - The Black Country

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
RIP Eric.
Friday 31 December2021 - Whitley Bay

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
You were a bit before my time but I do remember you in the stores at Arnhem Barracks. RIP Eric
Thursday 30 December2021 - Pateley Bridge

Derek Dove (Brummie) | lizdove09~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Hi all, it is with a heavy heart that I have been asked by Mary Thomas to pass on the sad news that our comrade Eric passed away on Christmas Eve after an illness. I will post the details of the funeral as I have them.Our sincere condolences to Mary and her extended family.
Mary's phone number is 0792 8793932 if anyone would like to message her.
Monday 27 December2021 - England

Webmaster comments   Very sad news Brummie - R.I.P. Eric

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Friday 24 December2021 - Darwen, Lancashire

Webmaster comments   Merry Christmas Gus

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Here's wishing you all a happy Xmas & New Year. Look after yourselves & loved ones.
Barry
Friday 24 December2021

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Barry - Merry Christmas.

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone. Looking forward to seeing you all next year. Best wishes from Stan and Deanna
Friday 24 December2021 - Hereford

Webmaster comments   Merry Christmas Stan/Deanna

Chris WHITE | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Wishing all my Airborne Brothers a Very Happy Christmas and a Safe and Healthy New Year.
Thursday 23 December2021 - Back In Bournemouth

Webmaster comments   Take Care Chris

Alan | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I think I've told you before about this obsession with the hoover Dave, it's not a Bren! (hoover hooves a few more hooves, hoover stopped, bag off, clear obstruction, bag on, carry on hooovering. All the best mate
Wednesday 22 December2021 - Pateley Bridge

Webmaster comments   Nice one Alan, sounds like you are a very established Hoover man - Merry Christmas.

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Wishing you and your families a merry Christmas and a healthy and safe new year. Look forward to seeing you at the reunion.
Tuesday 21 December2021 - Aldershot

Webmaster comments   Good to see you at the Arboretum Dave - Merry Christmas Mate.

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just had a Hernia op done under local. Back home now with strict instructions "No Hoovering" for 2 weeks. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you all. Stay safe, Saki
Tuesday 21 December2021 - Hart Village Hartlepool

Webmaster comments   Thanks Saki, get well soon.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Veterans ID card - would you like to support a Veterans ID Card. Go to the following link :

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/597202

Just copy and paste.

Tuesday 14 December2021 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Thank you Ian D

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
All the best Brian
Tuesday 14 December2021 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
And the same to you Brian and everyone else.
Monday 13 December2021 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Best Wishes Terry.

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Here's wishing all my old friends and old comrades a very Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year
Monday 13 December2021 - Ryton

Webmaster comments   Thanks Brian and the same to you mate.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
And you Alan.
Tuesday 23 November2021 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   and you both - that makes three, any more out there ???

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Still here Terry, have a good one
Tuesday 23 November2021 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I presume everybody is alive and kicking and lookinf forward to Xmas.
Wednesday 17 November2021 - Whitley Bay

Webmaster comments   Yes Terry some of us are still hanging in there - hope you are well.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Cheers Keith. Rx'ed message from Graham.Power of the site.
Chris
Monday 11 October2021 - Bournemouth

Webmaster comments   Great

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Chris White still lives in Bournmouth I have his contact details if you need them.
Sunday 10 October2021 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Graham Harrison ex 9 sqn | graham~AT~stacker~DOT~me~DOT~uk
looking to contact Chris & Mo White [neighbours on Pegasus village] who left the sqn shortly after his tour in Borneo 1964? to join the Bournemouth Police. Can anybody help?
Saturday 9 October2021 - Bournemouth?

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Graham, we don't mind 9 Sqn !!! I am sure Chris will be reading this in the next couple of days so expect to hear from him. If not I will contact him for you.

Jimmy Campbell
Thank you for your response to the NMA request. So far I have positive responses for c20 so will go ahead and organise a decent lunch. Will be in touch. Jimmy
Tuesday 5 October2021

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Now that we are back to some sort of normality the NMA is open for business and I will once again host our get-together for Armistice on Sunday 14th November. As usual I will organise an after service lunch for those who wish to attend. Please let me know by email if you are attending and wish to have lunch. Stay safe.Jimmy
Tuesday 28 September2021 - Burton on trent

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