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Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I remember Dave Naden well, I was also the duty officer in Hereford when news of his death came through - Al Sefton rang through there and I was able to give him the bad news. I did some canoeing with Dave, he and Sef were the experts training the rest of us amateurs - on the Devizes to Westminster I recall going through Symands Yatt with Jackie Ferguson and finishing up with half a broken canoe each. Did the Royal Review with Dave on Long Valley, he was determined to get the rover up an impossible hill with the result that the C42 broke its mountings and flew out of the back of the rover just missing the guys behind. Always a pleasant and friendly guy,salt of the earth.
Monday 10 December2018 - Pateley Bridge

Paddy Dillon | Jim~DOT~dillon3~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I spent quite a bit of time with Dave in the FAC team, especially over here before the troubles.
Monday 10 December2018 - Belfast

Webmaster comments   Thanks young Paddy - we will contact you off line.

Dave. Parker | Watcot ~AT~ aim ~DOT~com
Just remember Dave and Al Sefton doing annual Devises/Westminster canoe race. Don't know how they fared. Hope you all have a good Xmas and happy new year
Sunday 9 December2018 - Halifax

Webmaster comments   Thanks Dave, appreciated your comments - Seasons greetings

Keith | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Dave Naden - We have received a request from Dave Nadenís daughter for information about Daveís life in 216 back in the 60/70ís. We know that Al Sefton and Dave were good mates but unfortunately Al is no longer with us so can anyone else add any info on Daveís time in 216 or willing to speak with his daughter. Let me know on the usual link or drop a note on the website.
Sunday 9 December2018 - Worcestershire

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Spoke to Ralph last night and he tells me Geoff Tidiman is fit and well,great news.Hope everyone is in the pink and keeping well.
Sunday 9 December2018 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Always in the PINK Noddy

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
As I am not one for Chritsmas cards (the wife did all that) I would like to wish all my friends I have on here a Very Merry and Happy Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2019
Wednesday 5 December2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Webmaster comments   Greeting to you Brian

Wee Mac | Macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Aye Wee Mac recalls it well, Noddies Dad (6 Abn Div) was a Sgt drill instructor and asked me to borrow my comb so that his wee boy could see the doc. I was worried in case the Nodwin had Lice !!!!! Great days Noddy. AAwwrrabest
Sunday 25 November2018 - Oz

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Nostalgic week,it's over 60 years since I had the great pleasure of meeting Wee Mac. It was the winter of 1958 and we were both waiting to see the M.O. if my memory serves me well Mac was in 5 troop and I was in 4 troop. I never saw him again until late 59 when I arrived at Barossa Bks, he got there before me by a couple of months. Good memories and pleased to say I think we are both fit and well for 78 years old. Any more old memories out There?.
Saturday 24 November2018 - Southport

Webmaster comments   I wonder if Wee Masc remembers the incident - he is getting on a bit !!!

Who was the first guy you met in 216

Tom Whiting | tomwhiting~AT~tiscali~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi All
just catching up.
in answer to Brian Earl's about Arnhem, I'm going with a party from Croydon PRA.
i'm sorry I missed the date for the armistist commemoration name list and am surprised Sammy Rollings wasn't mentiond but would have included all the other given.
One last thing has anylone heard of Barry Mills recently. Regards to All Tom
Friday 16 November2018 - Croydon

Ray Duffy | Secretary~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org
I have had an enquiry regarding the well-being of Geoff Tidiman. Can anyone update me on his situation please?
Thursday 15 November2018 - York

Gus Emery | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Jack Bagley the best TG Op ever.
Saturday 10 November2018 - Hampshire

Wee mac | Macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Oops senior moment forgot Joe Doonan who could forget The Dukeman ??
Saturday 10 November2018 - Australia

Wee mac | Macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Pete Thornton, Harry Madison, John Angus, Vic Zimmer oh! And Keith Weller
Friday 9 November2018 - Australia

Webmaster comments   I hope you are having a good tip - thanks for the kind words!!!

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
There are so many Keith but in addition to those mentioned already I would like to add Rod Cunningham and Ray Bohm.I will be in Dubai so I will wish all past and presant squadron lads a merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New year Billy & Midge
Thursday 8 November2018 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Happy Christmas both - staying in the Pink I hope !!!

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I would like to mention Clive Sullivan, Mick Andreou and Ron Tasker, RIP.
Thursday 8 November2018 - Whitley Bay

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Too many to mention sadly, Dave Naden, Al Sefton, Jess Harper, Kieth Harewood, Robbie Laing, Joe Baker, Eric Rose, Vic Zimmer, Dick Hamilton. RIP Bonny Lads!
Wednesday 7 November2018 - Hartlepool

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Would like to mention Harry Maddison Keith, he left us a good few years ago but I won't ever forget him, a thoroughly good egg as Tom Morrell would say
Wednesday 7 November2018 - Pateley Bridge

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I would like to mention Eric Rose and Ray Walton two people who I hold in great regard RIP my friends
Wednesday 7 November2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Too many to mention Keith, but could the great Matt McBirney be mentioned R.I.P. Matt. Thank you Keith.
Wednesday 7 November2018 - Longside

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Lest we forget our Comrades - If you would like to mention/remember someone who had an impact on your life in 216 please email their name to me and I will add them to the list on the website front page. Lets see how many we can get. All will be removed soon after Remembrance Sunday




Tuesday 6 November2018 - Worcestershire

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Just a reminder for those attending Armistice at the NMA, that this year you need to book parking via their website. If you don't manage this you will need to use the park and ride system which may be very time consuming!!
Friday 26 October2018 - Burton on Trent

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Four of us are going to Arnhem next Sept.Myself,Chris White,Tom Moorhouse and Ricky Doherty are any of you old and bold going?
Wednesday 24 October2018

Noman Norrie HORTON | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
It was good to see a few familiar faces at Caythorpe this year, but sadly depleting every year. Thank you to Margaret and Stuart and all those who gave me a helping hand with my "chariot". Hope to see you next year if I can still struggle around
Friday 28 September2018 - Darlington

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Hi All,
Please let me know if you are planning to attend the NMA on Sunday 11th November and wish to be included in the Lunch afterwards. Probably be at Branston G&CC and cost no more than £20 per head. May also do something on Saturday night for those coming the day before. Regards, Jimmy
Thursday 27 September2018 - Burton on Trent

Frank Kelly | fkelly3141~AT~aol~DOT~com
Don't get around much anymore,(don't know where I heard that!)
But as Brian knows, I'm with you all in spirit (the amber liquid) lots of the time.RIP Taffy Boyles.My sincere condolences Colin. Thanks Noddy for your kind words !! My shirt hanging out? Never.My very best wishes to all of you.FRANK
Thursday 20 September2018 - Hampshire

Gus | kenemery~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
RIP. Taff. great friend from Barossa Bks. and a great help to Liz and I when we moved from Pegasus Village. Most likeable bloke for whom Rules were an enigma. The only Welshman I knew who could not sing.
Wednesday 19 September2018 - Hampshire

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Very sad to hear of Taffs passing RIP Airborne warrior
Sunday 16 September2018 - Darlington

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
RIP Taff.
Monday 10 September2018 - Walsall

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
RIP Taff. Remember you in Barronís Bks in 59/60. Bit wild but a character!
Wednesday 5 September2018 - Scotland

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Was in the Squadron at the same time but can't seem to picture him. Any phot's on the website?
Monday 3 September2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Very sorry to hear of Taffs passing,he was a lovely bloke and very funny.I remember well how he made new lads to the sqn welcome,I also recall him and Frank Kelly competing for the trophy of sartorial elegance.Frank with his hair tucked in his socks and shirt hanging out and taff with his dinner down the front of his shirt.Great days with great characters and lots of lovely memories.R.I.P.Taff catch up with you at the next check point.Billy and Midge.
Sunday 2 September2018 - Southport

Wally Dinsdale
Blimey Taffy Boyles. Never heard anything about him since approx 1954 when we both served in Signals Troop in Egypt with 33 Airborne LIghtfield RAF. He was with advance party for return to UK. Not Aldershot but Barton Stacey. He bought a clapped out motor bike on which we had a few scrapes and the lights failed often. Not many chaps had cameras in those days but will look for a group photo he may be on. Great character .
Saturday 1 September2018

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Wally - perhaps you could tell us a little about your trip to Egypt.

Wally Dinsdale
Blimey Taffy Boyles. Never heard anything about him since approx 1954 when we both served in Signals Troop in Egypt with 33 Airborne LIghtfield RAF. He was with advance party for return to UK. Not Aldershot but Barton Stacey. He bought a clapped out motor bike on which we had a few scrapes and the lights failed often. Not many chaps had cameras in those days but will look for a group photo he may be on. Great character .
Saturday 1 September2018

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Wally - perhaps you could tell us a little about your trip to Egypt.

Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
RIP Taff. I remember you from Elles Barracks days.
Friday 31 August2018 - Whitley Bay

RON HART | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
BORN 31 AUG 1934
DIED 12 AUG 2018
Was in 16 indep/216 signal sqn in the late fifties and early 60's radio troop nco and det cmd good mate his family posted the above to myself lived in aus for some years.RIP MATE
Thursday 30 August2018 - GEORDIELAND

Keith Weller
A request from ABN, see below. The complete document can be found in PDF format on "Our News Letters" page.

RHQ PARA is co-ordinating the views of as many Airborne groups as possible on the NI Legacy issues and urgently needs your help. Whether you served in NI or not, or even if you have never been in the Services, you will have a view on this topical and important issue and we would like to hear it-so please can EVERYONE reading this respond to it. Thank you. HMcG
Monday 27 August2018 - Worcestershire

Ron Hart | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Just got word of the passing of TERRY BOYLES no dates or times yet but MANDY is looking for any pictures of her dad will let you know when I know.
Having an eye done so wont be driving to Caythorpe
Saturday 25 August2018 - geordieland

Webmaster comments   Thanks for the update Ron - good luck with the eye's

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Had a Senior Moment. My Brave the Shave is on 28 Sept im 28th September all other details correct
Tuesday 21 August2018 - The Black Country

Jae Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Doing a Brave the Shave for MacMillan on 23rd August at my local. It shouldn't take long. Anyone interested in sponsoring can donate by texting Shave18313 to 70550. God Bless. Jake
Thursday 16 August2018 - The Black Country

Norman(Norrie) Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
It's 99% that I can now attend Caythorpe providing nothing goes amiss for Mavis and me. Looking forward to seeing you all
Sunday 12 August2018 - Darlington

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe - A message from Margaret.
To all those wishing to attend our Annual Caythorpe reunion Aug 31- 2 Sept , could you please send in your returns as soon as possible, and for all those who were not fortunate for whatever reason to get a Proforma and would like to attend,you can still do so, I have enclosed a copy . Payments can be made via credit card by ringing me direct on 01206815238. Mon -Thurs 9-2.00 pm .All payments need to be made before 3rd Aug as the Sqn goes on leave until the 28th Aug. Thank you Margaret.

Thursday 26 July2018 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   You can contact Margaret on the above number or 216pri@gmail.com

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy84~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Colin, just read the very sad news regarding Lynne. Our condolences to you and your family on your loss.
Thursday 26 July2018 - York

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi. All a few of us are going to visit the NMA to see the new Peggy Memorial,myself, Colin Bradbury and Mike Davis.We are meeting up and staying in the Travelodge near Barton under Needwood for 2 nights arriving on the 29th August staying overnight visiting the NMA on the 30th August then traveling over to Caythorpe on Friday the 31st August.If anyone out there would like to join us please get in touch all welcome.
Thursday 19 July2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

John Duffy | annejohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
The Dakota is back home in Merville Bks, after being on display on horseguards parade for the 100th anniversary of the RAF. The RAF repaired it and re-sprayed it, b4 displaying it and as I passed it today going into the camp, This WW2 workhorse of the airborne looked brilliant. The local fire brigade also gave it a wash. As it stands in its rightful home among the young paras of 16 air assault BDE. Welcome home.
Wednesday 18 July2018 - Clacton-on-sea

Ray Duffy | secretary~AT~216parasigs~DOT~org
Still awaiting Data Protection Proforma from 204 ! of our members. I might mean those who do not submit forms will no longer receive reunions or Caythorpe details. Please complete and forward to me. (Address published on our site).
Tuesday 17 July2018 - York

colin bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Norrie, Sorry to hear of your current situation. You will be missed at reunions. Take care
Saturday 14 July2018 - Knaresborough

Ray Duffy | ray~DOT~duffy84~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear your not in the best of health. You will be missed at Caythorpe.
Saturday 14 July2018 - York

Eric Richards | erichards1 ~AT~sky~DOT~com
Sorry to hear you are not in the best of health at the moment
Thursday 12 July2018 - Tamworth

Brian Earl | earlbrian933~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear of your poor health you will be missed. Hope you get better in the future.
Tuesday 10 July2018 - Ryton. Tyne&Wear

Geoff Guy | Geoffguy~DOT~gg~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Condolences Colin. Tek care!
Tuesday 10 July2018 - Bradford

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