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John Beattie | jpstsjl~AT~aol~DOT~com
Having just attended the funeral of my former SSM Willie Granitza, I would just like to comment that my fellow sappers and I were very impressed with the send off your group gave to our collective friend. After driving home I have raised my glass to Willie who I’m sure is having a laugh with many lads at the squadron bar. Ubique
Friday 18 October2019 - Scotland

John duffy | jackieduffy20~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Anne and I send our Deepest condolences to the Granitza Family upon the passing of Mick. I was really shocked when I heard, as I was talking to him by the D2 at Arnhem on the 75th Anniversary recently.
I remember his first day in the SQN when he was detailed to help me and Geordie Wilson clean out the sports store at Arnhem Bk. A great intro to Airborne life!!
Unfortunately I will not be able to make Elgin as I have had recent Heart Surgery but I will be there in Sprit.
Thursday 17 October2019 - Essex

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Can't make the funeral, we always managed to have time together at every reunion big man, I won't ever forget you
Wednesday 16 October2019 - Pateley Bridge

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
It is with great regret that I will be unable to attend big Willie's funeral on friday as we are in the process of moving house.Our sincere condolences to Mick's family and best wishes to all of the 216Family on the day. Saki
Tuesday 15 October2019 - Hartlepool

Dave Parker | Watcot~AT~aim~DOT~com
Just read an article in the Express about a James Coffey who is having a hard time with terminal prostate cancer and his house burgled. This must be the same man we served with in the sixties. I was devastated to hear about the death of Willie Granitza and echo all the sincere condolencies received.
Tuesday 15 October2019 - Halifax

Garry irons | Garryirons~AT~icloud~DOT~com
My mum mike granitzas partner has a room at premier inn available if anyone would like to use it Thursday fri for mikes funeral , thanks boys 07453273217
Saturday 12 October2019 - Elgin

Tony Warren (Bones) | awarren2~AT~sky~DOT~com
Re: Funeral in Elgin. I live in Bishop Auckland, Co.Durham now. Is there anyone going from my area or maybe travelling A1M/M1 that I can meet up with at a convenient location on the way, to travel up with & share travel costs?
Saturday 12 October2019 - County Durham.

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Really saddened to learn of Willie G’s passing. He was a gentle giant with a passion for life serving in 216. Willie you will be sadly missed but never ever forgotten. Condolences to Willie’s family. Having op on 11th but will make effort to attend. R.I.P Willie Dave(Jacko)
Wednesday 9 October2019 - Aldershot

ian kendall
Keith dont realy know how this web things works but will definatly be going.
Monday 7 October2019

Ricky Richardson | george291~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
"Geez a drank o'ya tea Ricky" he would say, I'd hand him my mug, he takes a sip, spits it out, throws the rest away and says "That's the worrst cup o' tea I've ever tasted". Made a man of me that did. RIP Mick, it was an Honour to have served with you. The teas are on me the next time we meet.
Monday 7 October2019 - Peterborough

Billy Haslam | billhaslam~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I can only echo the sentiments already expressed. I shared so many unique experiences with him, be it a Sim 31 or 3 man snow hole or a 500W generator we just happened to be chained to. He loved everything associated with 216 and its history. A giant in every way. Now sitting with our other icons at Valhalla's top table.
Rest in peace We will remember you.
Monday 7 October2019 - Northampton

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
A really good man who will be sadly missed by all. He was so proud to be part of the airborne fraternity. God speed.
Monday 7 October2019 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Andy Mount (Mounty)
R.I.P. Willie G. - An inspiration that will live on forever.
Sunday 6 October2019

Nick Nielsen | nick~DOT~nielsen~AT~aol~DOT~com
I’m heartbroken to hear of Mick’s passing, my condolences to his family.
Big Willy we’ll meet again at RV of the final DZ
Sunday 6 October2019 - Aldershot

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Due to an Airborne related event I am unable to host our commitment at the NMA this year. If you are planning to attend on 10th Nov, please let me know if I can do anything to help with your visit
Sunday 6 October2019 - Burton on Trent

Gary Denham | garydenham06~AT~icloud~DOT~com
Sad and shocked to hear the news that Big Willie has passed away. A genuine "one-off" . airborne to the core and a true comrade always willing to lend a hand. Whenever his name is mentioned I hear the words he directed to me so many times . "bloody footballer's" always said with a lovely mix of ambivalence and affection which makes me smile today as much as it did so many years ago . you'll be sorely missed big fella RIP.
Sunday 6 October2019 - Devon

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Mick Granitza - The family of Mick Granitza have requested assistance from Mike's Old Airborne comrades on the day of his funeral, which is being provisionaly planned for Friday 18 October 2019.(This date is not confirmed so stand by for confirmation or new date)

216 OCA Tasks:

1. Mikes house to mainroad(approx 300yds): OCA Standard Bearer leading Two single files of 5 men each file, one either side of the hearse, slow march to main road then fallout and make way to church. On arrival at the church form up with main body to salute coffin being carried into church. Dress: Blazer, white or light blue shirt, Squadron tie, Maroon beret, medals.

2. Hearse to church : Coffin Bearers x 6 , pick up coffin from hearse and carry into church. No headress.

3. Church back out to hearse: Coffin Bearers x 6 , pick up coffin from inside church and carry and place in hearse. No headress.

4. Old Comrades not involved with carrying the coffin are requested to form up and come to attention and salute on arrival of the coffin and follow behind it into the church.

5.Cemetary - arrival of the hearse to the grave: Coffin Bearers x 6 , pick up coffin from hearse and carry to the grave, lower the coffin onto the wooden rods across the grave, then step back to allow family members to lower the cffin into the grave. No headress.

6. The plan for the carrying of the coffin has been split into 3 groups to enable all who wish to carry Mike on his last journey. I think Mike’s family would appreciate a group from each of 16 Para Bde, 5 Airborne Bde and 2 Para Rear Link(Falklands), but all depends on who can make it on the day. Please give Ray Duffy our 216 OCA Secretary a call if you would like to be a bearer.

7. The wake after the funeral will take place at the LAICHMORAY HOTEL in Elgin.

8. Details and updates will be put on the web site as they develop.

John Aspinall
Sunday 6 October2019 - Worcester

Mick (Taff) Finn | esparasig~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just back from holiday and am shocked to see "Big Willie" has passed away. Saddened and shocked, RIP airborne brother
Saturday 5 October2019 - Wrexham

Mick Dawson | michaelwdawson~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Big Willie. A gentleman and airborne to the core. Deepest condolences to his family and his many airborne brothers.
Saturday 5 October2019 - Harrogate

John Francuz | francuz~DOT~siira~AT~bluewin~DOT~ch
Was really shocked and devastated to hear of Mick’s passing. My roommate for years!! I still can’t believe it, I thought he’d be one of the last of us 216’ers to leave this planet. My deepest condolences to family and all of us who knew and served together with this great, unique person. He will never be forgotten. All the best mate….and send our love to Glyn!!
Saturday 5 October2019 - Switzerland

Jim Turner | jim~DOT~turner~AT~talk21~DOT~com
I can only add to the sentiment others, a gentle giant who truly earned the respect of us all – RIP Mick
Friday 4 October2019 - Kingsclere, Hants

Ian Greene | greeianc~AT~aol~DOT~com
Like others absolutely devastated. Without question one of the best. So proud to have known him. Deepest sympathy to Mick's family and friends.
Friday 4 October2019

Eric Richards
Such sad news to hear Mick Granitza is not with us anymore Marie and I send our condolences to all his friends and families RIP Mick
Friday 4 October2019 - Tamworth

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sad to hear that big Willie had passed on. My sincere condolences to the family he leaves behind. God Bless You Willie and R.I.P. Airborne Brother.
Friday 4 October2019 - Aberdeenshire

Alex Wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Totally devastated at the early death of "Big Willie"he will be sadly missed by all his friends and Airborne brothers. There will be one massive empty shadow at Barnsley and Caythorpe. RIP"Big Fella".
Friday 4 October2019 - lesta

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Didn't know Mick but so sorry to hear of his passing, heard some very complimentary things about him. R.I.P. Mick. Nod & Midge.
Friday 4 October2019 - Southport

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Deeply shocked to hear the news about big Willie. He will be missed by all who knew him. Deanna and I send condolences to all the family and friends you are very much in our thoughts at this sad time.
Friday 4 October2019 - Hereford

Steve(Paddy) Beattie | s_h_beattie~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Devastated to hear the very sad news of Mick Granitzas'sudden passing. We were with him only a couple of weeks ago at Caythorpe and he was in great form. A squadron icon who will be very sadly missed by all who knew him. Margaret and I send our heartfelt condolences to all family and friends. RIP Mick
Friday 4 October2019 - Burnley, Lancashire

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sad to hear of Mick Granitza's demise. Found memories of him when he joined my det, everytime I met him afterwards he moaned about how I bulied him and made him dig all of the holes when we were on exerise in BAOR, big strong lad- purpose-built for digging holes. I was proud of his progression over the years, Radio Op to RSM. RIP Jock
Thursday 3 October2019 - Pateley Bridge

Dave Finer
Absolutely gutted and so saddened to hear today of the passing of Big Willie Granitza yesterday . condolences to all his family
Thursday 3 October2019 - Hartleoool

Gus Hartley | Gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of the death of Mick Granitza, a good man who will be sadly missed.RIP
Thursday 3 October2019 - Darwen

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
I've just read on 216 Facebook page that Mick Granitza has passed away. I'm devastated. RIP Mick
Thursday 3 October2019 - Rustington

Dave Jackson | davejack2169~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Great news Noddy.Lee’s a chip off the old block. Dave(Jacko)
Monday 30 September2019 - Aldershot

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Just back from a great trip to Arnhem. We celebrated the 75th Anv in style. Thanks to Ian Dudding for organizing the trip. My Brothers in Arms were - Tony Giles, Dave Sharp, Dave Fox, Ralph Porter, Sid James and Dave Vaughan. Thanks guys for a great time. Willie
Friday 27 September2019 - Scotland

Webmaster comments   This is very sad as Mick's last contribution to the Guestbook, I am sure many have hear that Mick died yesterday - more details to follow. RIP Mick, I have fond memories of our first trip to N.I. back in the late 60's.

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
I have been asked by the family to inform you of the death earlier this year of Margaret Devine, beloved wife of George who passed away some years ago. I remember Margaret well as a very proud and supportive Airborne wife. RIP Margaret xx
Sunday 22 September2019 - Burton on Trent

Mark Oldham | moldham62~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I am saddened to hear that Richard Appleton had passed away. I have fond memories of Richard who I got to know through Bill Creswick. The last time I saw Richard was at Bills funeral, Bill passed away January 2017. I fondly remember Richard reading the names out at Caythorpe church of the fallen.
Sunday 15 September2019 - Bradmore, Nottingam

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Hi all, have not been on our web site for some weeks. I was in hospital for some time with chronic constipation! sounds funny but it's not. I lost a lot of weight with the treatment and b awful hospital food. Good news about Lee. Sad to hear that Dave French has gone to the big DZ RIP Dave. Will not be going to Caythorpe this time as am trying to get some fitness back. Anyway have a great time to those who are
Monday 2 September2019 - Darlington

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Norrie, sorry to hear about your troubles.

David FOX | ddf216~AT~aol~DOT~com
must have I bit of you in him bill, great news
Friday 16 August2019 - uk

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Great news Nod
Monday 5 August2019 - Pateley Bridge

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
Great news Noddy, hope everything goes well for his future, and yours of course.
Monday 5 August2019 - Whitley Bay

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Final update on Lee,He has just been signed off by his Neuro surgeon and needs no more treatment.He was shown his brain scan and had 8 bleeds on the brain and his Dr said his recovery is nothing short of a miracle. Back to work next week but being fazed in 3 days a week also gets his driving licence back from DVLA so all is well.He hopes to join me at next reunion to say thanks.Finaly,from Midge and me thanks a million for your support and kind words and will see you all next year "God willing" Thankyou Nod & MIDGE
Sunday 4 August2019 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Great news both and yes we will see you next year.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Friday 2 August2019 - Pateley Bridge

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


On behalf of the 216 (Para) Sig Sqn Officers and Warrant Officers I would like to invite you all to join us at the Airborne Signals Officers’ Dinner Night on 7 Nov 19 in Merville Barracks, Colchester. Please accept this email as a Warning Order for your calendars – a more formal invitation with further detail will follow in due course. As you are aware, this is a particularly special year as we remember our forefathers who served in Normandy and Arnhem and prepare to celebrate the Corps centenary. It would be fantastic for us to host as many of you as possible.

We work hard to iteratively expand and update our airborne signals distribution list but recognise that this is an unending task. If you know of any of our number who are either absent from this distribution, or whose details have changed, I would welcome updates so we can maintain our database for future events.

I look forward to sharing a beer with you in November.


Thursday 1 August2019 - Worcestershire

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Neil I think you are on the wrong Seth Williams and the one we are trying to find out about has not passed away as far as we know.
Thursday 1 August2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Alex Wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Just found on another website of the passing of Les Lawbury in hospital Spain .RIP Les.really lovely man.
Thursday 1 August2019 - Lesta

Webmaster comments   Thanks Alex - Very sad news again. RIP Les

Just as a foot note, Les died in hospital on the 11th July, age 85. He first served in the Squadron in 1951 and again in 1968 leaving to take up a post as a PSI with 63 SAS in Southampton. He retired to Spain some 15 years ago and spent most of his spare time on amateur radio, a keen member of the RSARS.

Ralph Porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
I have been informed Cecil Williams first name when in the Squadron was Robertson same time as Bill Irwin
Monday 29 July2019 - uk

Ralph Porter | ralph~DOT~porter~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org~DOT~uk
Cecil Williams was in the Sqn late fifties early sixties but under a different name of Robinson, he has attended most of the reunions and Caythorpe. Hope this sheds some light to others
Thursday 25 July2019 - uk

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
There is a L/Cpl Williams on the July 1963 Squadron photo is this the Seth Williams we are talking about?
Sunday 21 July2019 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Eric Richards | erichards1 ~AT~sky~DOT~com
Hi Keith any info on Seth
Friday 19 July2019 - Tamworth

Webmaster comments   Unfortunately not

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Sad News - Dave French who served in the Squadron during 1957 (Jordan) died at the weekend. Details to follow but I understand Dave lived in Leicestershire.
Wednesday 17 July2019 - Worcestershire

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