Ruth Armitage

Many members will know that Ruth Armitage recently passed away after a long illness. Ruth was a stalwart of the Association for many years, serving as Secretary, then as Treasurer. Our deepest sympathy to Derek and the family.

Ruth's funeral service will be at 1230 at St. Mary’s Church, 1 Church Close, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1DP at 1230, followed by burial at Charlton Cemetery, Charlton Down, Andover SP11 0TA. The wake will be held at the Rose & Crown, Hatherden, just a short distance from the Cemetery at 1345.

Ladies netball  team 1966
16 Sqn Ladies Netball Team. Aden 1966
Photo: Kay Thomas, centre rear.

Arnhem 2014

September 2014 marks the 70th Anniversary on Operation ‘Market Garden’. The Committee would like to make this year’s Association Pilgrimage one to remember. If you have not been before, why not mark this year’s special anniversary by attending?

Arnhem 2014 Application Form.

Reunion 2014

The Association AGM and Reunion for 2014 will be held at the Quality Hotel, Birmingham Road, Allesley, Coventry, on 30th August. This is the same hotel as last year. The hotel, its facilities and the food proved to be a big hit with all who attended last year. Get your application off to Bill Sunley ASAP please.

2014 AGM/Reunion Application Form.

16 Coy.
16 Company RASC (AD) Eastliegh, Kenya. 1963
Photo: Frank Shaw

Back Row, L/R: “Geordie” Wheatley. Jack Moreledge. “Taffy” Morris. Colin Stokes. Keith Byways. Mick Roberts. “Taffy” O’Connell. Tony Reglar. “Brummie” Holland. Peter Bishop. Downey. Wilson. Bert Biddulph. Woodward. “Paddy” O’Shea. Ley. Billy Holmes. Gordon Rennie. Adams.
Third Row, L/R:
Des Robertson. Paul Welch. Roy Streeter. Smith. Armstrong. Pete Sherwood. Chris Felkin. Ross Skingley. “Lofty” Belton. Ted Medler. Jimmy Clinton. “Yorkie” Brookes. Aldridge. Frank Shaw. Thompson. Barsby. Alan Marshall. Wharmsby. Kenny Patoural. “Nobby” Clarke.
Second Row L/R: Ray Pattison. Jimmy Higgins. Johnny Brown. “Chippy” Wood. Lenny Higgins. Freddie Parkes. Bob Milne. Mick Marrison. Border. Mark. Gerry Collins. McLachlan. Sammy Byrne. Bill Riley. Hutton. Robinson. “Tich” Farnham. “Taffy” Howell.
Front Row L/R: Allison. Walker. “Jock” Orr. Sgt. Wooldridge. Sgt. Stewart. Sgt. Kershaw. Sgt. Franzen. Lt. Jack Weir. Capt. Hill. CO Maj. McCleod. Lt. Carrington. SSM Collins. “Q” Carter. Sgt. Hill. Sgt. Hollister. Sgt. Chandler. Jack Flynn. Pearce. Jeff Thurlow.

385 Troop
385 Troop Detachment. 1969, Bahrain
Photo: Martin Lawn

ADA Memorial Stone
National Memorial Arboretum

The ADA is to place a paving Stone in the new Heroes’ Square at the National Memorial Arboretum, as a memorial to all Air Despatchers. It will be in place during 2015. The cost of the stone will be £3,000.00. We are therefor creating a fund in order to raise the cost of the stone.

An artist’s impression of a Memorial stone can be seen at Dedicate a Paving Stone

All those who wish to contribute should send their cheques endorsed ‘Air Despatch Association’, to Pete Edgington, Quince Cottage, Hilcote End, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester GL7 5HG.

Thank you all for your support.

Association Queries

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Google Earth

Google Earth links are in various places in the website. If you have not got Google Earth, it is free and can be downloaded from: http://earth.google.com/. Google Earth requires a broadband connection.