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Terry Brown | terryvivbrown~AT~virginmedia~DOT~com
I knew Jess before I left in 1969. Rest in Peace Jess.
Sunday 4 December2016 - Whitley Bay

Mick Granitza | m216granitza~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
More sad news. I new Jess briefly when I joined the Sqn and then when I took over the post of RSM from him. The most casual but informative handover. RIP brother.
Saturday 3 December2016 - Scotland

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Msg from Sam Harper. Just to inform you that we will be having a celebration of dads life at Hereford crematorium on Friday 9th December at 13:30hrs. You are more than welcome to attend.
Saturday 3 December2016 - Burton

Jim ( Paddy) Dillon | jim~DOT~dillon3~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sad to here of Jess's passing
We had a great time together in Barnsley
Even after 45 years absence the welcome was warm and generous as ever
still couldn't get him to buy a battleship (our Joke) My condolences to Carol and family Rest in Peace , I was proud to be your friend
Saturday 3 December2016 - Belfast

Samantha Harper | Harpersam78~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Just to inform you that we will be having a celebration of dads life at Hereford crematorium on Friday 9th December at 13:30hrs. You are more than welcome to attend.
Friday 2 December2016 - Hereford

Billy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
I didn't know Jess but all previous posts suggest he was a top man. My sincere condolences go out to all his family. R.I.P. Jess.
Friday 2 December2016 - Southport

Samantha | Jessharper47~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
It's so lovely to read your messages about my dad. He was quite simply the best man. We love him so much. He made everything we ever did so much fun and full of adventure xxx
Friday 2 December2016 - Hereford

Webmaster comments   Hello Samantha, so nice to hear from you at this sad time. You have noted that your Dad was a great guy and will be sadly missed by us all. Please feel free to come on the website at any time to leave a message.

Dave(Frankie) Vaughan | Mapapastie~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Joined with Jess in 62,,a real privilege to be invited on his table at this years reunion . He has been so brave through his illness. RIP Jess, our thoughts are with Carol, Dan and Samantha.
Friday 2 December2016 - New Alresford. Hants

Rick Richards | erichards1~AT~sky~DOT~com
So sad to hear that Jess has gone from us our thought are with Coral and his family RIP old friend
Thursday 1 December2016 - Tamworth

Ian (Ted) Dudding | iandudding~AT~aol~DOT~com
Such sad news concerning Jess Harper. A brilliant example of all that is good in an airborne soldier, a gentleman and a great pal to many. God Bless Jess and RIP old friend.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Stratford Upon Avon

Robin Stanley | stan216~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Very sad news about Jess our thoughts are with Carol and all the family
Thursday 1 December2016 - Hereford

Alan Hogg | alan~DOT~ hogg2~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
I was in the Lake District with Bob Griff, Ian Green and Paul Richardson when we heard about Jess. So sad, a good friend. Jess used to baby sit for our girls so he is remembered by the whole family. RIP mate
Thursday 1 December2016 - Pateley Bridge

Ian Campbell | iansue216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
The world is a sadder place today as yet another true gentleman and Airborne Soldier's, soldier!! Jess Harper has been taken far too early, as a newbie in the squadron in 67 Jess kept an eye on us and introduced us to the Shot. Thanks for the memories Jess and our thoughts are with Carol and his family. To those upstairs you have got a really good one
Thursday 1 December2016 - Scotland

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
So sorry to hear about Jess. He was in the same palestine as me in Elles cheerio old friend
Thursday 1 December2016 - Scotland

Dave Jackson | davepjackson~AT~btopenworld~DOT~com
Absolutely gutted to hear that Jess has passed away. I remember Jess when I first joined the squadron as a young solder and when Jess returned to the squadron as RSM and I was the FOS. We shared a room at the old bloodhound camp in Cyprus on exercise. My snoring kept Jess awake so one night he reset my alarm to 0400hrs. I was up and dressed by 0415 and wondering why no one else was up. Jess, your one of the best and will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time. Rest in peace airborne brother. Jacko
Thursday 1 December2016 - Aldershot

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Never Knew Jess but condolences to the family RIP Jess
Thursday 1 December2016 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Gus Hartley | gushartley~AT~gmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear this news, Jess was a great guy and good friend. My very sincere condolences to the family.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Darwen

Jimmy Campbell | jjc216~AT~talk21~DOT~com
Such sad news about Jess. Shared pain of P Coy with him, Alex and Saki. Happy days with a truly lovely guy. Thoughts with Carol , Samantha and family. RIP Airborne buddy.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Burton on Trent

Sid James | garybirgit~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Very saddened to hear the news of Jess.
A great bloke lots of memories of him at the "shot". My condolences to Carol and the rest of his family.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Cider Country

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Such sad news about Jess Harper.Only seems like yesterday that we were all stood in Dodger Greens office on our return from Abingdon. Condolences to the family, RIP Jess, one of the best! Saki
Thursday 1 December2016 - Hartlepool

Alex Wilson | agw216~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Received the sad news of Jess Harpers passing this morning, a great guy and friend since our days in Iron troop, boy service. Deepest condolences to Carol and all his family. R.I.P. Mate.
Thursday 1 December2016 - Leicester

Bernie Mcdonough | Bbgonebiking~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Absolutely shaken by the news of Jess Harpers passing. I knew him since boy service. Another Airborne Warrior gone. What a year!
Thursday 1 December2016 - Horsham West Sussex

Phil Kirk | philkirk~AT~me~DOT~com
Samantha the daughter of Jess Harper has just advised me that he passed away last night. I am so gutted. A fantastic guy in everyway. RIP Jess
Thursday 1 December2016 - Rustington

Webmaster comments   So very sad, another good man leaves us - my thoughts are with Carol, Samantha and his family. RIP Jess.

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Hi Neil,
My research indicates T.E Lawrence was posted to RAF Farnborough for a photographic course. It is thought he lived in Farnborough for six weeks. Nothing to say he was stationed at Ellis but not less a person then Tom Moorhouse is of the same opinion as you and who are we to argue with that. T.E. Lawrence was killed in a motor cycle RTC at Bovington Camp and is buried in a very small churchyard at Morton in Dorset. The last time I visited his grave was when Ray Walton and Val came over from New Zealand and stayed with Deb's and I at our home in Christchurch on the grand tour of Dorset I took them to T.E. Lawrences grave at Morton
Wednesday 30 November2016 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Some interesting stuff coming in, anything before Waterloo.

William Goss | william-goss~AT~sky~DOT~com
I was at Waterloo Bks with SSM Ernie Summers then on to Barrosa with Joe Doonan. Marcel said he was from Seychelles.
Wednesday 30 November2016 - HERTFORSHIRE

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you William, are you a member of the OCA - would you like to join us.

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Back then the Squadron was 16th Independant Parachute Signal Squadron. Wireless Troop evolved into Radio Troop at Elles Bks. then Comms Troop at Arnhem Bks. By the way Elles Bks were originally RAF and its rumoured that Cpl ??? (Lawrence of Arabia) lived in one of the palestines. Not a lot of people know that !!!!!!
Wednesday 30 November2016 - Scotland

Webmaster comments   Do you have any more "Gems" young man.

barry wilbor | barrywilbor~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of 2 more lads going to the bar in the sky, hope they keep buying the beer for us when we get there. Rest in peace lads
Wednesday 30 November2016 - home

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
South Camp
Were built following the Barracks Act of 1890 at a cost of 163,000. Known as Stanhope Lines consisted of Albuhera.Barossa,Corunna, Gibralter,Maida, Bullar,Mandora and Mcgriger Barracks.

Montgomery Lines were built on the original site of Corunna,Barossa and Albuhera Barracks.
Tuesday 29 November2016 - Llanelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Thanks Chris

Wee Mac | macdonald 508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Barrossa in 59 was cold but no as bad as Catterick or Newark! Joe Doonan was SSM JK Elliot was Yos, Vic Kelly was Wireless Troop S/Sgt, Sammy Rollins and Bert Bowes were Cpls. Major Peat was OC, Capt Benjamin was troop OC Jock Paxton was Troop Sgt. Can't think of any others.
Tuesday 29 November2016 - Scotland

Webmaster comments   Not bad for an old man - when did Wireless Tp become Comms Tp.

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Keith it was not too long ago I joined the Squadron at Barossa in late 1959.
Tuesday 29 November2016 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Webmaster comments   Not too... long ago Brian. For those of us that don't know where was Barossa in relation to Arnhem.

RON HART | r~DOT~hart640~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Sorry to hear about ROY AND JOHN two great brothers gone but never forgotten.Reading all the mail has cheered me up as i joined 1959 at BARROSA with BIG JOE and Remember MARCEL very well. Thanks for the memories, as I am in to finish the work on the BYPASS tomorrow morning. Take care all.
Tuesday 29 November2016 - freeman hospital

Webmaster comments   Good to hear from you Ron and good luck for tomorrow, will be thinking of you mate. Perhaps we can dig up a bit more on Barrosa. Was Barrosa the first home of 216 in Aldershot, who was the OC and I think we have the name of the SSM (Joe Doonan) but what about the YOS......

Billy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
You are right Brian it was a hell hole with Joe Doonan as S.S.M remember getting out of a taxi reporting for pre para and he made me go all the way back to Aldershot station with F.M.S.O.must have been 10 stone wet through
Monday 28 November2016 - Southport

Brian Earl | bribety~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Chris if you think Ellis was bad you should have started off where I did, Barrossa Bks in Aldershot, it was a bloody cold shithole. Pete, I remember Marcel he was never the sharpest tool in the box even for a part Frenchman. Wonder where he is now?
Monday 28 November2016 - Ryton Tyne & Wear

Webmaster comments   How many more out there remember Barrossa - is Brian the only one going back that far!!!

Peter Pritchard | pritch087~AT~hotmail~DOT~com
Does anyone remember Marcel Pothin. A national serviceman who signed on for the extra year and at the end of his 3 years turned up at Jack Turners office to tell that was it. He was then reminded that one had to give 6 months notice before your time was up, failure to do so added another 3 year tour. P must have been the longest serving national serviceman in the army. But then he was French
Sunday 27 November2016 - Malta

Wee Mac | macdonald508~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Hey Hey Steady on Noswin you know you were in MT , different palestine. Huts were designed as the name suggests for warmer climes certainly didn't keep the cold out !! favourite story. Jack Turner (SQMS)issued 5 gallons of red cardinal polish for the floor we lifted the floor and stuck 90% down below! no more polishing floors !! But it Wsnae Me !!!!
Sunday 27 November2016 - Scotland, Home of Tennis

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Rex, I can remember clearly that your bed space was opposite mine in the corner near to the door out to the Cpls bunks and the ablutions. I can remember someone said something and you slammed your locker door and shouted, "Don't say that to me on the 12th" I can remember thinking. "What the F###K has the 12th got to do with it". Innocent Londoner as I was. Anyone remember Sabo Hay the Cpl that had one of the Cpl's bunks.Chris
Sunday 27 November2016 - Llanelly Hill

Billy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
I didn't use hot water bottles just climbed in with one of the lads mostly wee Mac there was more room.
Saturday 26 November2016 - Southport

Webmaster comments   Interesting - Does Wee Mac remember these liaisons !!!

Rex Couch | rexcouch~AT~talktalk~DOT~net
Chris, I remember you were in my hut in Ellis where there was a pot belled stove in the middle of the room and we would keep stoking it up with coke until the chimney, which was metal that went from the top of the stove and out through the roof glowed red. Also we used to fill our met water bottles with hot water and put them in our beds to heat those freezing issued cotton sheets before climbing in. Those were the days when men were men and sheep were frightened.
Saturday 26 November2016 - Birmingham

Webmaster comments   So you had Central Heating !!!

Chris White | chris~DOT~debs~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Noddy, I joined the Sqn. in 1962 when the Sqn were based in Ellis Bk's. There is an extra bond between us that shared those wooden palistines (Huts)that were freezing during the winter and boiling during the summer. Great times which were lost when we moved down the road to Arnhem Bk's. Chris
Saturday 26 November2016 - Llannelly Hill

Webmaster comments   Hard but Good times Chris - any more out there remember Ellis.

Jake Wade | robertwade16~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
Only just heard of Roy Koto's passing. Fond memories of the Big Man. We did a canoe race on the Thames in a K7. At one weir instead of portering as required Roy said "keep your paddle out of the water" and with that we shot down the weir. We came second only because of our steering breaking. A true gentleman and a Wonderful Airborne Worrior R.I.P Roy
Friday 25 November2016 - Walsall

Billy Irwin | tonymidge~AT~yahoo~DOT~com
So sorry to hear of Roy Koto's passing a really nice gentleman. Remember one Christmas in Jake's quarter with Tom Morrell and Roy and Jake pulled out a kitchen knife and said it's now time to become blood brothers, we were supposed to cut our arm and mingle the blood I managed a scratch but Jake did a good one I felt my bottle go a bit and the lads were in bulk laughing but I noticed no one else came forward. Does any one else remember that year circa 63.
Thursday 24 November2016 - Southport

Norman/Norrie Horton | norman~DOT~horton3~AT~ntlworld~DOT~com
Don't think I ever met Roy Koto. Seemed like a nice guy. My Condolences to his family RIP Airborne brother
Tuesday 22 November2016 - Darlington

Anthony Barker | dogsy216~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
I just found this out so I copy and paste it "I am sorry to announce that Major Tony McBean passed away yesterday after a long and brave battle with motor neurone disease. 30th Signal Regiment is supporting his family at this most difficult of times. Funeral details will be distributed shortly."
Tuesday 22 November2016 - UK

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Just got back from Roy Koto's funeral in Middlesbrough. Myself and Ralph Porter represented the Sqn. Lots of our Figian Brothers present who gave him a good send off over a few beers and songs at Middlesborough Rugby Club. RIP Roy. We will Remember. Saki
Monday 21 November2016 - Hartlepool

Webmaster comments   Glad you guys made it - Roy deserved a good send-off.

Ian Campbell | iansue216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Sorry to hear the sad news of the deaths of another two Airborne brothers, John McDonald and Roy Koto. Two of the nicest most gentlemanly warriors you could ever hope to meet. Our thoughts are with their families.
Thursday 17 November2016 - Scotland

Jess harper | jessharper47~AT~hotmail~DOT~co~DOT~uk
Very sorry to hear of Roy Kotos passing RIP Roy
Thursday 17 November2016 - England

Paul Richardson | francolab~AT~btinternet~DOT~com
Dear All, I am seeking the help of anyone with experience of the Normandy Landings and battlefield tours of the type offered in the travel sections of weekend rags. My son, who is keen on WWll history wants to take his 16 year old nephew (my grand-son) on such a tour next spring and has asked me along for support. If any of you have any tips on the best way to 'do' the sites and museums I would be grateful. For instance, is it necessary to take an all-in guided tour or is a do-it-yourself tour possible with bought in add-ons? We will have the car so will be able to get around under our own steam. If you can help please drop me an email. Paul. 1958-63
Thursday 17 November2016 - Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire

Dave Finer | davefiner216~AT~gmail~DOT~com
For those who didn't see the details on facebook:
Funeral of Roy Koto 21 st November 1100 Hrs.
Teesside Crematorium
Acklam Road, Middlesbrough
TS5 7HD

After service refreshments will be at Middlesbrough Rugby Club
Acklam Park
Green Lane
Middlesbrough TS5 7SL
Thursday 17 November2016 - Hartlepool

Jim Flockhart | j~DOT~flockhart~AT~aol~DOT~co~DOT~uk
So sad to hear of the passing of Roy he was a lovely person in real life and a warrior rugby player for the squadron, RIP
Thursday 17 November2016 - Glasgow

Norrie Clanachan | john~DOT~clanachan~AT~gmail~DOT~com
Msg for Sid James I note that you live in
Wellington Taunton I will be in Wellington visitng my son from Dec 21 - 28 maybe we could meet up for drink or two
Wednesday 16 November2016 - Coleraine N Irland

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