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Foreword for Pegasus Magazine by General Sir John Reith KCB CBE, former Colonel Commandant The Parachute Regiment.
In the immediate aftermath of Rwanda’s hard fought civil war (1) and the terrifying genocide which accompanied it, some 650 UK personnel from 5 Airborne Brigade joined the UN Assistance Mission to
Shortly after his return from the Bruneval Raid, John was transferred to A Company in 2nd Parachute Battalion.
Colonel Graeme Warrack was promoted to Assistant Director Medical Services of 1st Airborne Division in May 1944, and held this position in September 1944 when he took part in Operation Market Garde
The following is a brief list of the burial cemeteries for many casualties from the Airborne Forces during the Second World War, and some from more recent times.
"We were at Chaklala in North West India. I was an R.A.F. Airgunner then, flying as a passenger with an R.C.A.F. crew.
COLONEL ALASTAIR PEARSON joined the 2nd Parachute Battalion from the HLI in September, 1941. He acted as Second-in-Command for a short period before taking over a company in the 1st Battalion.
In April 1940, aged 20, I received notification from the War Office that I was to report to Bedford Army Barracks to start Army service.
By Captain John Marshall, OC ‘C’ Troop, 554 Battery, 159 Para Lt Regt RA
This is an abridged extract of my father’s memoirs. By 1941 my father had already been in India for 6 years, having arrived in Karachi as a boy soldier aged 15years.
Account of Capt Wagstaff, 225 PFA, Normandy, 6 June 1944
Firstly, I would like to thank you all for coming to-day to pay tribute to Tim, I know that many of you have travelled significant distances and gone to a lot of trouble to be here.
David Hardman was born on 22 December 1959 at Hamilton, Scotland, the youngest of a family of four, and spent his early years on the Beechfield small holding in Meikle Earnock Road.
As 1995 began, the plans for the year ahead were discussed April, our pilgrimage to Neustadt; June, return to Normandy for the D-Day Services; July, Airborne Forces day, and the Reunion Dinner in A
As Airborne Forces during the War of 1939-1945 grew from raiding parties to battalions, to brigades, and to divisions, the problem of adequate artillery support became acute.
Report about the experience of the 6th Platoon S Company of the 1st Para battalion by : Captain Richard Bingley.
The 3rd The Kings Own Hussars moved down from Adlum in Syria to Sarafand (the Aldershot of Palestine) in the autumn of 1945 joining the 6th Airborne Division, as the only remaining Airborne Cavalry Re
Sgt Callaway was one of 17 NCOs who left Company Headquarters on 13 July 1943 for the airborne landings on Sicily.
Born 12 September 1911. Died North Africa, 8 March 1943. Hooker. Newport High School 1927. Welsh Secondary Schools 1926,1927.
From The Daily Telegraph 12 June 2012 . NOEL ROSS who died aged 91, won an exceptional Miliatry Medal with 156 Parachute Battalion at Arnhem.
I was then a captain Royal Signals, Adjutant of 6 Airborne Divisional Signals, and was admitted to the planning stage at Syrencote House in February.
The following table lists AFEE reports held at the National Archives Kew in the AVIA Series 21 files.
‘An unpleasant incident.’ ‘I wonder if there is any record of the following incident, I would be interested to know if there are any members who were involved.
James Marshall Ballantyne was born on the Rochsoles Estate in Glenmavis near Airdrie, Scotland, and moved to Clydebank in 1934 when his father was appointed as Head Gardener at the Singer factory.<
H.Q. 1 Air Landing Bde. A.P.O. England Oct 4.
Philip Hugh Whitby Hicks was born on 25 September 1895 in Warwick to Dr Philip Hicks and the novelist Beatrice Whitby.
We have very sad news. Our friend and colleague Paul Burns has died. Paul was a regular volunteer and fund-raiser for HorseBack UK, but those words are not enough to describe him.
I was born in a Leicestershire Village September 1924, left school at 14 years of age, no qualifications, and started work on a poultry farm 10 shillings, i.e. 50p a week.
We embarked on our planes from Barkston Heath Aerodrome in Lincolnshire on September 17 1944.
In the words of Johnny Peters 30 June 2008 Preparation for Operation Market Garden
We moved off from the DZ at about, I should imagine, 02.40 hours and contacted the Brigade Commander on the bridges.
I had the privilege and good fortune, as a young Battery Commander of 24 in a Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, to be appointed in July 1944 to command a totally new unit called 2nd Forward Observer
In December 1943 Lieutenant Glove returned with the battalion to England, where they were billeted in the area around Oakham in Rutland. Battalion Headquarters was in Somerby House.
I was conscripted in February 1940, and joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2nd Battalion, we did three months training in Wales.
In the spring of 1944 I was serving with 575 Sqn at RAF Broadwell (equipped with C-47 Dakotas) and I remember that on one practice jump over the UK prior to D-Day, one paratrooper became caught up
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