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Last site content update 10th May 2021.

Service Not Self
 

Book of Valhalla:

A Register for the unforseen

More information

John Rock:

John Rock - The History

Books:

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 30th April 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 March 2021

I would like to take this opportunity of wishing all members and their families a Happy Easter in somewhat better circumstances than this time last year when we were all in a state of full lockdown. No doubt many of you have had your first, if not second inoculation, which must be a great relief and hopefully we are over the main hurdle with further easing of restrictions in the near future. Inevitably, we have lost some members and they and their families should be remembered at this time.

Needless to say, Association activities have been more or less on hold but the Chairman, myself and Executive Council members have been in regular contact and we will be holding an OGM next month. With the easing of restrictions, it will hopefully be possible to hold branch meetings and other events and get back to some sort of normality.

I do not know at present what commemorative events will be taking place, apart from Normandy, most of them take place towards the end of the year so hopefully we will be able to attend some. At the time of writing our AGM and Gala Dinner are still on course at Harrogate in October, details will be sent out in the next issue of the journal.

In the meantime stay safe and enjoy the spring.

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

Message from our site Administrator

We're always looking for content for our site. It doesn't have to be related to your time in the Squadron, though that's always good, it can be about anything you're up to now. I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has content we can post on our site. Please get in touch via the Contact page, either by the web form or email and I'll get back to you

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Life Vice Presidents

Bob Ferguson
Tom Ormiston
Fred Gray
Ray Coleman
Chris Chambers
Bob Prosser BEM
Dave Rutter

Total Membership

Total membership since conception 1,527
Members who have since departed to another DZ in the sky 397.
Membership now stands at 1,130.

 

 

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