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Last site content update 23rd February 2021.

Service Not Self

Book of Valhalla:

A Register for the unforseen

More information

John Rock:

John Rock - The History


Details of books related to Airborne Sappers can be found here

AGM 2021:

The 2021 AGM & Gala Ball will be hosted by the Yorkshire Branch and will be held at the Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate over the weekend of 15th - 17th October

Updated: 7th February 2021


Double Hills:

Double Hills Memorial

Who's behind it and why we should never forget

Updated 29th January 2021

Op Freshman:

Working with Peter Yeates to get details of this memorial, will get content added ASAP


Cromwell Lock:

Cromwell Lock Memorial

In memory of the ten Sappers from 300 Tp, 131 Indep Para Sqn RE (V) who lost their lives on the River Trent on 28th September 1975

Updated: 9th January 2021





Update by the Association President November 2020

As I write this we are entering a further stage of Lockdown, making this year a very eventful one, I think it would be true to say, one of the worst in memory. The results of which have meant the curtailment of very many events in which the AEA members regularly take part.

The pandemic, although severely curtailing most of the planned events has not meant that all has been lost and some important ones have in fact taken place. The Executive Council were able to hold a virtual meeting in May and last month the AGM was held, again in a virtual format to which Branch representatives were invited and took part. A number of matters were resolved which will be promulgated with this Journal.

I do not propose to run through those events which did take place as these have been adequately covered by the Chairman in his report. One item of good news is that although formal invitations had not been sent out for candidates for a President’s Commendation, at the recent AGM it was decided to award two. These were awarded to Charlie McColgan and Paul Moore, members of the ‘Airborne Riders’ for their unstinting support for the South Atlantic Medal Association and the victims of that campaign and their Ride of Respect, around not only in this country but to the Continent as well. My congratulations to them both for their excellent work in remembrance and fundraising.

Hopefully, things will improve and we will be able to get back to some sort of normality next year. With these thoughts I will now close and wish all members and their families my best wishes for Christmas and a Happier New Year.

John Lee  Lt Col (Retd )
President, Airborne Engineers Association

Update by the Association Chairman November 2020

2020 is a year that we will all remember. As I write this, the Covid Pandemic is resurging with cases doubling every two weeks and large numbers of people being admitted to Hospital.

This situation has had an obvious effect on the activities of the Airborne Engineers Association. Most Branches have not been able to operate as normal and many social events have been cancelled including the Annual General Meeting and Gala Ball which was to have been held at Harrogate.

The National Committee have managed to hold three meetings, including the OGM in April and a much-reduced AGM in October. These meetings were carried out as Video Conferences using the ‘Zoom’ Platform which has proved to be a very useful tool. I would encourage all the Branches to maintain communications with their members using either ‘Zoom’ or ‘Teams’ both are very easy to set up and to use.

Many of the Annual Memorial events have not taken place including the service at Cromwell Lock and the commemora­tion to the first Airborne Forces Depot at Hardwick Hall. Probably the biggest Casualty was the annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph. I had optimistically applied for 36 tickets for this year’s event however the RBL firstly reduced this to 8 and then took the decision that there would be no Veterans march Past this year. This was particularly poignant as this year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Unveiling of the Cenotaph.

Other events have taken place in a much-reduced format. Credit goes to Peter Yeates for organising the annual Double Hills memorial service, attended by members of 9 Parachute Squadron and, for the first time, the ‘Airborne Riders’. There were also events at ‘Zetland’ to commemorate the Cromwell Lock Disaster and at Aldershot to commemorate the Falklands Conflict. I must also mention those who are no longer with us including ‘Freddie’ Kemp, ‘Andy’ Andrews, ‘Gurney’ Fisher and Mike Pallott all of whom have passed this year.

Having mentioned the ‘Airborne Riders’, I have to make special mention of Paul Moore and Charlie McColgan who, along with two other ‘Airborne Riders’ members undertook the ‘Ride of Respect’ visiting the Graves and Memorials around Britain to all those killed during the Falklands Conflict and raising thousands of pounds for the South Atlantic Medal Association in the process.

In closing, Melanie and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please make the best you can of these events given the current situation, and above all STAY SAFE.

Steve Wallis
Chairman, Airborne Engineers Association

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