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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 9th August 2022.

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 12th February 2022

Added a booking update here watch this space for further updates.


Double Hills:

Double Hills Memorial

Who's behind it and why we should never forget

Updated 4th April 2022

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: 4th April 2022





Total Membership Past & Present 1,533


Message from the Association President Jun 2022

Welcome to the new Online Journal of the Airborne Engineers Association which I hope you will enjoy and find interesting. Sadly, the printed version was becoming ever more expensive to produce and post. With an online version, there is more flexibility and the ability to place colour images where previously we could not do so. I would like to extend my personal thanks to our webmaster, Dave Pace who has done a sterling job in producing this, and also of course to Dave Rutter who prepared the old hard copy version for 20 years and can now deservedly put his feet up. It is proposed to produce two editions annually but these are of course dependent on you, the members, supplying input so don’t be shy to put pen to paper or fingers to your keyboards.

Paradoxically, this will be my first President’s Update in the Online Journal and also my last, as many of you know, I will be standing down in October after having been in office for 14 enjoyable years. I would like to thank all the past Chairmen and other members who have assisted me over those years; a lot of water has passed under the bridge, some a little turbulent at times but generally smooth flowing thanks to our combined efforts to make the Association what it is today.

Things are now more or less back to normal with regular Branch meetings and other events being held and the AGM and Gala Dinner in October, courtesy of the Birmingham Branch getting closer. As I write this there are memorial services being held for those who served in the Falklands campaign and of course the Arnhem commemorations in September. I recently attended the Freedom Parade in Woodbridge where 23 Parachute Engineer Regiment exercised their right to march through the town with bayonets fixed and drums beating and there is a report on this elsewhere.

I hope to meet up with as many of you as possible in the forthcoming months and of course at the AGM so until then I wish you all the best.

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

Message from the Association Chairman Jun 2022

Hi everyone
It’s good to see that the Association is getting back into the swing of things post Covid and that the branches have resumed the cycle of regular meetings. ‘Teams’ and ‘Zoom’ are fine but nothing beats a face to face meeting.

There have been a number of changes within the Executive Committee which will take place from the AGM in Birmingham in Oct.

Our President Lt Col (Retd) John Lee will be stepping down and will be replaced by Lt Col (Retd) Mervyn (Baz) Bassett BEM. John has been outstanding as the president and has assisted me greatly with his knowledge and experience of the Association and its workings.

Lt Col (Retd) Dick Brown is stepping down as the Association Treasurer and will be replaced by Lt Col (Retd) ‘Bobby’ Matthews

We have a new National Secretary. Lt Col (Retd) Mike Fuller MBE has taken up the post which has been vacant for the last three years.

Dave Rutter has stepped down as the Journal Editor, the Journal has now gone ‘Online’ and will be administered by Dave Pace.

Lastly but not least, Jeanette Rutter has decided to stand down as the Shop Manager and we are looking for a volunteer to take over this role.

I am sure that you will all join me in thanking John Lee, Dick Brown and Dave and Jeanette Rutter for their sterling efforts, over many years, on behalf of the Association and in welcoming Baz, Bobby, and Mike to the committee.

It has already been a busy year! We have seen the 40th Anniversary of the Falklands conflict and the numerous gatherings of the Class of 82 culminating in the parade in June in Aldershot. It was particularly pleasing to see that the mainstream media gave a lot of coverage to the anniversary with numerous Documentaries and News items highlighting the achievements of those who helped recover the Islands.

I have now received confirmation that the MOD and 23 Parachute Engineer Regt have agreed to support the refurbishment of the memorial to the 10 reserve Sappers from 131 Para Sqn who died during a night navigation exercise on the River Trent when their assault boat was swept over the weir at Cromwell Lock. It is intended that the work will be complete before the end of August ready for the annual Memorial service on 25th Sept.

Once again, this year I have applied for 36 Tickets for the annual Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London. I am expecting to hear very shortly whether the application has been successful and will then contact the Branches and the wider AEA to allocate the tickets.

It only leaves me to say that I wish you all well and hope to see you at the AGM and Gala Ball in Birmingham in October. I Have been to the venue, and it is excellent with good accommodation and a huge ballroom.

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

Many thanks

Dave Pace

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