Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour



Sid Mandy


Sid passed away on Easter Sunday, after a very long and determined fight against cancer. Sid joined The Squadron in the early fifties and was with them in the Canal Zone and in Cyprus, until The Squadron returned to Aldershot in 1954. He met and married his wife Mavis in the Middle East, among doubts that the marriage would last, but it survived for forty two years!

After The Squadron returned to Aldershot, he gained promotion to Corporal and then in 1958 was promoted to Sergeant. He played for The Squadron rugby team and was a member of winning side, when they won the Ismalia Trophy in 1959! He accompanied The Squadron to Cyprus, Jordan, Libya and Singapore, before he departed to BOAR in the early sixties. Life in Germany was not to his liking and he decided to return to civilian life, before he had completed his intended full career in the Army.

On returning to civilian life he joined. the Fire Service and served with them for nineteen years. He then went into partnership in a taxi business and it was in this occupation he continued, until his death. He served on the Sports Council of Stafford and took a great interest in all types of sport, particularly Athletics. His one great wish was to stay alive until the Atlanta Olympics this year, so he could see his son Mark, represent Ireland in the High Jump for the second time. Mark has a twin brother Paul, sister Pauline and a second brother Michael.

Sid was cremated in Stafford and forty firefighters attended the funeral. The AEA was represented by Norman Penny, Reg Emberson and Bert Gregory. Our condolences go to Mavis and her family; he will be sadly missed by all his friends.



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