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James Alderson | alderson_james~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
I am trying to get hold of an old friend of mine called Mark Baker. Who served in 216 PSSquadron in the 90's. If anyone has his details please let me know thanks
Friday 11 August2017 - Australia

Paul Richardson | francolab~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Anyone in Arnhem 18.09.2017? Hello all. Alison and I are returning from a visit to friends in Austria and will be driving back through Holland on Monday September 18th so have decided to stay in Arnhem for the night. If anyone from the OCA will be there that afternoon/evening and would like to meet up for a drink, please email me. We are staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Nieuwe Oeverstraat 50 which is not too far from 'the bridge'. All the best. Paul.
Wednesday 9 August2017 - North Yorkshire

Webmaster comments   Paul's email francolab@btinternet.com

Colin Bradbury | colinbradbury~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Hi Chris, I have booked to go to Caythorpe, see you there
Sunday 6 August2017 - Knaresborough

John duffy | Anneandjohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Last night I was in Merville Bks for 2 Para inter company boxing finals.
In the 7 bouts, there was 1-ko, two fights were stopped by the ref, three unanimous verdicts and 1 split decision. As you can see a superb night of boxing by some excellent young boxers. Bodes well for the Btn winning back the army major units trophy. After we had a few beers in 2 Para's Sgt Mess, followed by the usual "Ruby Murray" - Happy days!!
Friday 4 August2017 - Clacton on sea

Webmaster comments   Brings back fond memories John

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
How many are going to CAYTHORPE. Chris.
Tuesday 1 August2017 - LlanellyHill

Webmaster comments   Unfortunately can't make it this year, taking the grandchildren to Pembrokeshire. The 4th August is the cut-off for returns.

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray - Ralph and I paid our respects from us all, bit of a damp day, but nice service for him. Although did not go back for drink, (didn't think car would make it) crappy Ford's
Friday 28 July2017

Webmaster comments   Good to see someone made it - sounded like a nice guy.

Bill Braniff | william~DOT~braniff~AT~gmail~DOT~com
I served with Lt McGillivray in 33rd Signal Troop in 1952/3 and knew him very well later in the Corps. He gave me 3 days jankers for the heinous military crime of dust on the tent floor and which we laughed about years later. He was a soldiers soldier and ran a great troop. Too far for me to make it to the funeral but I will be there in spirit. RIP Sir.
Tuesday 25 July2017 - Great Yarmouth

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Sorry to hear about Mr. MacFarland he was a good OC when I was in the Squadron would have liked to have gone to the funeral but have a doctors appointment that day. RIP
Monday 24 July2017 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Barry Wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Lads, this just up the road from me, So will be there on Wednesday to see him on his way, and pass on condolence from us all.
Monday 24 July2017 - Moorview Road

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Subject : Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray

Dear Stan,

We thought you’d like to know that Lt. Col (Retd) Peter A MacFarlane MacGillivray O.B.E. (390702) of Richmond, North Yorkshire died peacefully on Saturday 15th July, aged 89, surrounded by his beloved wife Sylvia and children Fiona and Andrew. ‘Black Mac’ served with The Royal Signals, 16 Ind. Para Bgd and 33rd Airborne in Egypt, Cyprus, Aden, Germany, Turkey and in the UK. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Funeral Service at Darlington Crematorium on 26th July at 11.45 a.m. followed by a reception at The Kings Head, Richmond from 1p.m. In lieu of flowers there will be a collection for Bethesda, a charity in Stornoway that he supported with his bagpipe playing.

Everyone who knew him is very welcome.

We’d be so grateful if you could pass this news on to anyone in the Airborne Signals Old Comrades Association who knew him, as the times he spent serving with the airborne and the good fellowship he enjoyed throughout, were very close to his heart.

With best wishes

Andrew & Fiona MacGillivray
Sunday 23 July2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Sad news once again

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Have had a few more proformas returned "not at this address" for the reunion. Have managed to sort a couple but does anyone know the whereabouts of Jim Bain, John Parker,Dennis Lappin, John Clarke, John Parsons and Peter Fearn?
Thursday 20 July2017 - Hereford

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Really sorry to hear the news about Arnie. Served with him in an infantry section with 1 Para in Aden. Top bloke. Guys, as the requests for contributions to obituaries continue can I make a suggestion. Go on to the appropriate Yougov website and download the form for requesting your military records. I have just recently done this and received the lot within a couple of weeks,free of charge. This will be a great help to whoever has to do the deed in the future. I am planning to do this myself in the next few months, write the obituary I mean, not die!! Take care.
Wednesday 28 June2017 - Burton on Trent

Webmaster comments   So please you are not thinking of leaving us just yet.

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Request for Photo's -Dear Stan Stanley,


I am writing to you today on behalf of my Nan and Grandad. Unfortunately as of 2012 my Grandad, Graham William Bale, has been ill due to progressing Alzheimer's. It has been very distressing for all of us to watch him slowly deteriorate.


My Nan has asked if anybody has any pictures of my Grandad and if you could advise us on where we can get a flag with his regiment number on for his funeral. Thank you for the invites for reunions, but of course due to my Grandad being bedbound he cannot attend though i'm sure he would still love to. We will inform you in the event of his passing.


Kind Regards,
Connor Allbright
Friday 23 June2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Please contact Stan or Ray if you can help

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Caythorpe Returns - The cut-off for returning your Caythorpe return is August 4th. If you intend going please have your return back to the Squadron as soon as possible.
Tuesday 20 June2017 - Worcestershire

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Stan, database has phone numbers for those two, will email
Tuesday 20 June2017 - Pateley Bridge

Stan Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Have had two proformas for the reunion returned "not known at this address" anybody know the whereabouts of Joe Mundy and Viv(John)Church? They didn't come to the reunion last year.
Monday 19 June2017 - Hereford

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Regret to inform you of the death of Arnie McLaren last Fri in a Cafe in York. Unfortunately it was a heart attack. Some may remember him as a Staff Clerk in Bde HQ. He regularly appeared on the Remembrance Parade in York in his Red Beret. (Formally ex Parachute Regiment).

His funeral is on the 20th June. Details not yet known. Anyone available who wishes to attend the funeral – if they contact me (Ray) I will forward details.

RIP Arnie – another Airborne Brother lost.
Thursday 8 June2017 - Worcestershire

Webmaster comments   Ray Duffy sent the above information with a photograph. Unfortunately we are unable to publish photo's on the Guestbook but I do recognize Annie from the late 60's.

Lin Cardwell | lin~DOT~cardwell~AT~outlook~DOT~com
I would personally like to thank everyone who attended Ray's funeral last Friday and those of you who could not attend, it is nice to hear you were thinking about him and our family. Thank you for all your cards and the Poppy Wreath. We all have our great memories. Many thanks and kind regards, Lin
Thursday 8 June2017 - Bridgwater, Somerset

Webmaster comments   Hello Lin, I think the Guestbook is a testament to how we regarded Ray - he was a good man. I would at sometime like to see an orbituary to his life - Please do not hesitate to give me a call if I can help.

John Duffy | annejohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry we couldn't make ray's funeral.
But I had to have an emergency eye op at moofields eye hospital in the city on the 21st of May. That ruled out any travel due to not being able to see hence our absence. My sight hasn't fully returned yet,but hopefully it won't be long. Nice to know Ray was given a good send off. RIP our Belfast bhoy.
Monday 5 June2017 - Clacton-on-sea

John & Lynn Bailey | Baileylynn874~AT~aol~DOT~com
Thank you to Larry, Lin,Donna, Sean and Nick.

We were proud to be at Ray's funeral you did him proud.
Monday 5 June2017 - Hereford

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Greetings to my Airborne brothers. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the Cardwell family, Ray's wife Lin and his children Sean, Donna and stepson Nik to thank everyone for the beautiful and comforting comments about Raymond. To all the Royal Corps of Signals and the Airborne Signals and attached Arms who attended the service and paid their respects. Special thanks to Craig Treeby who recited the Airborne prayer and Bill Parker who read the eulogy. Not forgetting Keith Weller for his sterling work on our website. Believe me it made an already difficult weekend that little bit easier. God Bless you all from the Cardwell family. R.I.P. Raymond.
Monday 5 June2017 - Longside Aberdeenshire

Webmaster comments   Thank you Larry

Peter Whitehead | peter~DOT~whitehead48~AT~live~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Larry, I was so sorry to hear of Ray's death and very sadly was unable attend his funeral. I hope many of his old friends managed to make it and you were all in my thoughts on the day. We shared many good times together and I fondly remember eating your Mother's wheaten scones when we were all in Lurgan. He was a good friend to me and many others and we will all miss him. Peter
Sunday 4 June2017 - Bredon, Worcestershire

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear the news about Ray. My sympathy to all the family. RIP brother.
Friday 2 June2017 - Scotland

Noddy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Hi Larry, so sorry I'm unable to attend the Funeral of your brother Ray.After recent knee surgery still unable to drive.both Midge and myself will be thinking of you all tomorrow.Speak to you soon and our very best wishes to you Lin and all the Caldwell family.
Thursday 1 June2017 - Southport

Derek Brummie Dove | lizdove09~AT~googlemail~DOT~com
Just returned from holiday so sad to hear of the sad passing of Paddy Cardwell good friend many happy memories RIP
Wednesday 31 May2017 - Birmingham

Dave Jackson | davejackson216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Hi Larry, Sadly I will not be able to attend Rays funeral but will raise a glass or three in Rays memory. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Ray, you are at peace now in the company of many of your airborne brothers. R.I.P. Jacko
Tuesday 30 May2017 - Aldershot

Keith Weller | keith~AT~keithweller~DOT~plus~DOT~com
Aden 1967 - were you there. This year marks the 50th anniversary of
1 PARA’s operational tour in Aden and the tactical withdrawal on 29 Nov 1967 and it is planned to hold a reunion for all those members of the battalion and attached Arms, who took part in this tour. The venue is Aldershot over the weekend Saturday 28th (optional) & Sunday 29th October 2017. Most ex 1 PARA officers have already registered an interest in joining us, but we still have a few gaps and would very much like to have a full ORBAT for this our last reunion, so please contact John Carey jmc9365@msn.com who will send you full details in a few weeks. Costs are only likely to be £5 per head for 28 Oct and £10 per head for 29 Oct.
Monday 29 May2017 - Worcestershire

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Guys, I have been asked by the family to contribute to the Eulogy of Ray Cardwell who passed away recently. Although I knew Ray well I am not aware of the year he joined 216 or the year he left. Can anyone help me with this and also the rank he was when he left and where he was posted. Many thanks.Jimmy.
Monday 29 May2017 - Burton on Trent

Norman Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
I didn't know Paddy as I left the squadron in July 63, but from all the messages left, seemed like a great bloke.Codolences to his family. RIP Airborne Brother
Saturday 27 May2017 - Darlington

Jim Browne | geordiejim49~AT~gmail~DOT~com
RIP Ray. Condolences Larry to your and Ray's family. Stand easy soldier your stags done.
Saturday 27 May2017 - Gloucester

Lin Cardwell | lin~DOT~cardwell~AT~outlook~DOT~com
Thank you all for your kind comments about Ray which are very much appreciated. Kind regards, Lin
Saturday 27 May2017 - Bridgwater, Somerset

Webmaster comments   Nice to hear from you Lin, I think the messages speak for themselves - he was a great guy and will be missed by us all.

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi Larry, regret that I have to give my apologies for Paddy's funeral. Ray was in the Squadron a few years before me, but we got on, his photograph will sit in my album forever. Maybe we don't realise at the time but as we grow older we realise the quality of the men we had the good fortune to know, as Tom Morrell would say, he was a good egg.
Friday 26 May2017 - Pateley Bridge

Ian and Sue Campbell | iansue216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Goodnight Ray rest peacefully now, you have played your part in making the world a better place although now a much sadder one without your happy smiling face. The legend of the Laughing Horseman of Vimy Lines has passed away but his story will live on and on as long as Signals soldiers meet. Goodbye old friend, our thoughts are with you Larry and all your wonderful family take care.
Thursday 25 May2017 - Scotland

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
One of the nicest guys you could ever meet. RIP Ray after your long illness. I am hoping to come and see you off but I have a cancer review that day. I will do my best to get there old friend.
Thursday 25 May2017 - Rustington

Bob O'Hara | bobnmau~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Rest in peace now Ray, the MT was a great training ground to me and others. He took over our first quarter on Napier Square in North Camp. Some great years together. RIP OLD FRIEND. Bob & Maureen
Wednesday 24 May2017 - Lincoln

Ricky Richardson | george291~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Never a dull moment when Ray was around, he will be missed greatly by all of us who were lucky enough to have served alongside him. RIP
Wednesday 24 May2017 - Peterborough

Larry cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hello again Airborne Brothers, ref Ray's funeral. Red beret and medals would be order of the day. I think there will be a strong contingent from T.A. Signals. Hope I haven't forgotten anything. Slainte from the Cardwell family.
Wednesday 24 May2017 - Longside Aberdeenshire

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Larry and Family, Margaret and I were very saddened to hear the news of Ray's passing. I will always remember the time in '66 when we were on exercise in NI and Ray invited all 6 of us to your home in Crumlin for the evening. We were of course looked after like royalty as you would expect from the Cardwells. I also remember fondly when Ray used to turn up at Watchfield or Hullavington to 'Check' a load that we had rigged. He used to say things like "I wouldn't throw this out of the Naafi never mind an aircraft". Happy happy days. He will be sorely missed by all who new him. RIP Airborne buddy
Wednesday 24 May2017 - Burton on Trent

Billy Adam | wadam662~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
RIP Ray. Condolences to you and your family Larry.
Tuesday 23 May2017 - Filey, North Yorkshire

Dave Fox | ddf216~AT~aol~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I was in Barnsley with Ray Duffy and Ralph Porter at the time many pints were drunk in his memory! RIP old friend. See you on the 2nd.
Tuesday 23 May2017

Mick (Taff) Finn | exparasig~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
So sorry to hear about Ray a true airborne brother My thoughts are with all the family RIP Ray
Tuesday 23 May2017 - Wrexham

John & Anne duffy | Annejohnduffy~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Rip ray- it was a pleasure to have known and served with you-our thoughts are with all the family at this sad time.
Tuesday 23 May2017 - Clacton-on-sea

Larry Cardwell | Davidcardwell399~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hi guys, the Cardwell family would like to thank you all for the very touching comments about our brother Ray. Just got details of funeral service. It will take place in Bridgewater at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on 2nd June at 12 O Clock and onto cemetery for 1 0 Clock. Afterwards Coffee, tea food and drinks will be served in the Tudor hotel in Bridgewater. All are welcome. And my family are looking forward to meet the many fine Men and Women our brother served with. God Bless you all at this sad time. Only family flowers, but donations are welcome for Help the Heroes and the Dementia foundation.
Monday 22 May2017 - Longside Aberdeenshire

Alex Wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
sleep well Ray,you will be sadly missed by so many of your friends and family,my thoughts are with you all.
Monday 22 May2017 - Leicester

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
RIP Ray I will always remember your strong Irish brogue in Elles Barracks
Sunday 21 May2017 - Scotland

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
RIP Ray. Chris and Deb's
Sunday 21 May2017 - Llanelly Hill

Billy Haslam | billhaslam~AT~yahoo~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Sleep well Ray, you brought a smile to everyone that met you.
Condolences to Larry and all of his family.
Sunday 21 May2017 - Northampton

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Sorry to hear of Ray's passing RIP you will meet up with some very good friends at the final DZ.
Sunday 21 May2017 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Stan Stanley & Deanna Maddison | Stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sorry so sad Larry & family Ray may be gone but he won't be forgotten our thoughts are with you all
Saturday 20 May2017 - Hereford

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
RIP Ray.Sincere Condolences to you and all your family Larry. Saki
Saturday 20 May2017 - Hartlepool

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