Helping our Airborne Forces in Need.

The Parachute Regimental Association (Nottingham Branch)

We are a friendly branch with like minded people, always looking for new members, and finding ways to improve the lives of servicemen and women who go into harms way in the service of our Nation. If you think you can contribute in any way please get in touch.

Michael Willetts GC

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  St Mary's Church           Blidworth

  Nottinghamshire.


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  • Attend Memorial Services
  • Attend Funeral Services of former Airborne Soldiers

Each year the branch shows it's respects to the fallen on November 11th.

We normally have representatives at the Nottingham Embankment Memorial, and at Chetwynd Barracks Memorial in Chilwell, where many have been lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, after going through Chilwell's mobilization centre.


We also have members who attend the Beeston Memorial on November 11th since we have been at our new location at the Beeston Royal British Legion.


One of our regular pilgrimages is to the memorial of Michael Willetts GC. Formerly a member of 3 PARA, Michael was killed in Northern Ireland in 1971. Along with the Newark Branch we dedicate Michael's life, at St Mary's Church in Blidworth, on May 25th each year.


Another memorial that we visit each year, with the Newark branch, is to the memorial at Cromwell Lock on the River Trent, for members of 131 (Independent) Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers who were killed when their boat went over the lock at night, during a night navigation exercise on 28th of September 1975.


 
 

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We make visits to former soldiers and their dependants who in some cases just need to see a friendly face, and have a chat. In the last couple of years three of these were some of our early Airborne Warriors of WW2. The late Peter Boyle. who was a glider pilot at Pegasus bridge, and the late Sydney Ramsey, a veteran of the early Parachute raid at Bruneval, made by C Company 2 Para, commanded by John Frost.

Another famous Airborne Warrior who's memorial dedication we went to was Richard Todd, actor, and a member of the 7th battalion of the Parachute Regiment, and veteran of the Normandy D-Day invasion. Richard was to meet up with Peter Boyle's glider assault force at Pegasus Bridge. Richard Todd's memorial was held at St Vincents Church in Grantham in Early 2010. Many Parachute Regimental Associations were in attendance.


We also celebrate with Elsie Snow, now in her 90s at her birthday each year. Her late husband was a former WW2 veteran of Arnhem.

As you can imagine, not everyone is in financial need, but just a friendly face can make a big difference to the lives of our serving, and former servicemen and their families.




 
 

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