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299 Association — Hull - June 2017
Gaz Coe — Secretary

Our association continues to thrive and the attendance of 55 members and guest at our AGM/OGM meeting on Friday 5th May clearly indicates that we must be doing most things right. Our chairman, Chris Shillito, gave a special welcome to Adam Garforth, (Garth), one of our veteran Commandos who now lives between Bulgaria and Thailand, half a year in each, "variety is the spice of life" and we are lucky to catch him because unfortunately his visits to the UK are few and far between, this had been a great way to catch up with some old mates.

At the July 2016 meeting Craig Gadd, (Gaddy), declared his intentions for a sponsored free fall jump in aid of the BLESMA Charity, (British Limbless Ex Serviceman's Association). The meeting stood up for his challenge and voted to donate £300 from the association funds in support. Many individuals from our association also sponsored him independently, Dave & Pauline Meekin threw in £100, just one example. The free fall weekend was a total success, raising £1800 for the cause. Well done Gaddy, just putting a bit back. Gaddy is currently in Portugal doing yet more sky diving descents.

During our recent meeting the Chairman invited Mike Holdsworth & Johnny Philips from the Birmingham Branch of the AEA to give an update on the worrying health issues of Bunny Brown who is currently waiting for his chemotherapy treatment. Our members extend our very best wishes to Bunny and his family.

A surprise birthday party, organised by Jamie & Jono was recently held to celebrate Les Ransom's 95th birthday at the Ship Inn, (Dunswell). All those attending had a cracking night. Les extended sincere thanks for the members kindness and doing a fine job in making this a special occasion for him.


Les, aged just 21yrs, taken in Italy 1943, just after the Taranto Landings by the 1st Airborne Division at the start of the Italian Campaign on the 9th September 1943.

Les served throughout WW2 as a member of the 1st Airborne Division with 250 Company, RASC, 3 Platoon, his unit along with the 2nd Battalion and others, became known as John Frost's men, Maj. John Frost led the assault, these men raced on into Arnhem and captured the North end of that famous bridge in September 1944, and held it for 4 days until their positions were over run, thus spending the rest of the war as a POW, now there's another story..!



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