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Our site is here to represent all Airborne Sappers, we hope you find your visit to be interesting and informative. The association is a registered charity number 1009201 and has a written Constitution to ensure that everything is legal, formal and abiding.

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Last site content update 24th October 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 2022:

Updated 19th October 2021

Details of 2022 AGM & Reunion will be added here, watch this space


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





Total Membership Past & Present 1,530


Message from the Association President May 2021

It seems that at long last we are coming out of this pandemic with things slowly returning to some sort of normality. Hopefully in a few months’ time we will be able to attend functions that have been on hold for the last 12 months or so. Looking in the diary there are certainly a number which I hope to attend in the late summer and autumn. At the time of writing this these events would include the Double Hills and Cromwell Lock memorial services in September.

Routine matters have however, carried on, with the Executive Council holding an OGM by ‘Zoom’ recently at which a number of items were discussed and these will be put to members at the AGM which is still planned for Harrogate in October.

Although we are not out of the wood yet I feel that in these times we should still do all we can to maintain contact with our members and the association is there to help should the occasion arise. With these thoughts I will now close and wish all members and their families my best wishes for the future and look forward to seeing many of you soon, especially at Harrogate.

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

Message from the Association Chairman May 2021

Hi Everyone.
As I write this, we are coming to the end of a lockdown that has lasted far longer than any of us could have imagined. Personally, this has meant that I have now been working from home for over a year conducting most of my business with the aid of ‘Microsoft Teams’ and ‘Zoom’. Using ‘Zoom’ we have been able to conduct the regular business of the National Committee as we have held two OGM’s and one AGM during lockdown.

As we start to open up, we will have to get used to the idea of sharing space with others that we have been avoiding during the pandemic. Once again, we will be able to meet face to Face which means that we can resume the normal business of the Association with a full programme of Branch meetings and memorial events.

I have received correspondence from the Royal British Legion concerning the Remembrance Parade at the Cenotaph. There are plans to hold the usual march past with 10,000 veterans taking part. I intend to apply for 36 tickets on behalf of the association. I will post more information on the Airborne Engineer websites when I have it.

The annual AGM and Gala Ball will take place at the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate over the weekend of the 15th - 17th October. It will be great to see many old friends face to face, to share a beer and retell all the old stories yet again, always remembering that the older we get the better we were.

Unfortunately, there will are a few old friends absent this year as they have departed to the Sqn Bar Above. Included amongst these is Gerry Bonner who was secretary of the new Wales and West branch of the association. Gerry died suddenly in his sleep and was buried in the churchyard at Manley following his funeral in Hereford. 44 years ago, Gerry was one of the staff that took me through pre-para, and I was honoured to carry the AEA National Standard at his funeral. He will be greatly missed.

I hope that you are all well and keeping safe and Melanie and I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the year.

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

Many thanks

Dave Pace

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