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Above:

LEFT: (Ken 16 Company, at the front of the stick, boarding a twin Pioneer in Malaya, August 1962). Centre: (Ken 16 Company just jumping static line onto Malayan DZ).                           RIGHT: (Ken Sellars at one of our branch collection venues Bulwell Feb 2011)

Branch Charities & Events Co-ordinator: Ken Sellars


Ken has been with the branch for over 22 years. He served with 2 PARA and 16 Company Pathfinders (Lincoln), between 1954 - 1969. Ken held the position of Standard Bearer for nine years, and is still our replacement, when George Worthington is unavailable. Ken has recently taken on our new position as "Charities and Events co-ordinator". He has over the past year, been very active in organizing our Hogs Head Hotel social events, and co-ordinating our charity fund raising days with our local Supermarkets. Ken is very keen to promote our branch, and help form close contacts with our fellow Airborne Brothers, at neighbouring branches.


Army Service Number: 23219743


Ken joined the Parachute Regiment on the 30th of September 1954, finishing his regular service on the 29th of September 1957. He served with 2 PARA (B Company) and was trained as a Bren Gunner; he also served with Brigade HQ.


Ken missed out on the Suez crisis, because of his Headquarters posting, and after demobilization was placed on A reserve for four years. In 1955 Ken earned his marksmanship status on the Bren Gun, and was promoted to Lance Corporal.


He was lucky enough to see how Army officers are trained at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, when he was batman to Brigadier Gordon at the Academy. While with 2 PARA Ken was also a member of its boxing team.


In 1961 Ken joined 16 independent Pathfinders Company, based in Lincoln. While with 16 Company, Ken continued with his boxing, and was part of 16 Company boxing team.


Just after joining 16 Company he was fortunate enough to go on an exercise in Malaya, in the Far East. Ken, like many of his airborne brothers, is a very proud member of this former Pathfinder Company, which was to lose its independent status in the 1970s. (16 Company eventually became a detachment, and moved to Nottingham in the early 1990s, as a sniper and reconnaissance platoon. After further cuts the title completely desappeared.)


Ken left 16 Company in 1969. Around 1989 he joined the Nottingham branch of the Parachute Regimental Association, then based at Wigman Road in Bilborough, Nottingham, and has been with the branch ever since. He served as a standard bearer for nine years, and still holds the reserve standard bearer position, as well as holding the new position of Charities and Events co-ordinator.




BELOW RIGHT: Ken while in 2 PARA standing by the Brigadiers staff car. 1956.


BELOW LEFT: Ken's medal for marksmanship on the Bren gun. 1955.

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ABOVE: 16 Independent DZ Flash

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notesonsingapore.pdf Information for Company members on Singapore.
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exercisetigerbrew.pdf Exercise information for the Company
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whatmakesaparatrooperfromthesundaytelegraphjuly9th1961.pdf Newspaper clipping on what makes a Paratrooper.
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