Monday, 29 April 2013

More Eagles added to the nest!

I've recently been able to expand my collection of 'The Eagle' the magazine of the Glider Pilot Regimental Association.

These all come mainly from Ebay but if any readers would like to donate issues then please don't hesitate to contact me. I am of course always happy to agree on a fair price too.

A facsimile of the first 'Eagle' - July 1946 - now sits proudly alongside my other originals. My thanks to  Colin Knox for sending me scans of an original copy in his late fathers collection.

1986 - 1994 editions.

1946 Volume 1 Number 1 (a facsimile made up from scans donated to me) alongside original 1951, 1953 and 1957 editions.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013


Maj Steve Elsey, Memorial Project Manager, writes:

During the Annual General Meeting at Bournemouth, last year, one of the veterans raised the question of the possibility of a permanent memorial to the memory of the Regiment. Several of us involved with the GPRA discussed the idea and, having spoken with the Chairman, decided that there should be a national memorial to this group of men; and so the project to establish a GPR Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), Staffordshire commenced. 

My proposal for such a memorial to the GPR at the NMA went to the NMA’s Memorial Advisory Committee on the 20th of March and I am very pleased to say that I have received their final approval to raise the GPR Memorial. 

I now need to raise the funds to provide a suitable memorial to these courageous, highly skilled and determined men. The cost of the complete project i.e. engraving, siting, foundations, paving, a Regimental history board and dedication service has been costed at £5,000. My intention has always been to have this memorial raised for them and not by them and I intend to attempt to have the memorial positioned and dedicated this year. so as to allow as many of the surviving veterans to understand what they, and their comrades no longer with us, mean to us all.

It has been agreed to site the memorial on Market Garden Way at the Arboretum, which is lined by trees provided by the people of Arnhem. Our memorial stone has been provided by the people of Renkum Municipality in the Netherlands, the area in which the GPR mainly fought, in September 1944, during what is known as the Battle of Arnhem; a fitting link I hope you agree to their history. 

The memorial stone will be inscribed with the first and last cap badges of the Regiment, state ‘The Glider Pilot Regiment 1942 – 1957’ and underneath ‘Nothing Is Impossible’. A potted history of the Regiment will appear on the rear and a path will be provided around the stone to allow visitors a view of it all. 

Any donation, however small, will be very much appreciated and help raise this national memorial to those men of the GPR. If you feel able to support this project and want to make a donation then there are two ways you can do this:

UK cheque: Please make out your cheque to the GPRA, and annotate on the reverse ‘GPR Memorial Fund’. It can then be sent to our Treasurer:

Major P Furber QGM
PSAO TA Centre
29 Kilnmead
West Sussex
RH10 8BD

Bank Transfer: To the GPRA Bank Account, again annotating ‘GPR Memorial Fund’ on the paperwork. The GPRA bank account details required by your bank are:

Glider Pilot Regiment
Holts Military Banking - Farnborough
Account Number 10628288
Sort Code 161926
IBAN GB31RBOS16192610628288

If you have any questions then please contact me and I will try my best to answer them.

Thank you for your time.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Chalk Marks 68th Anniversary of Operation Varsity

On Sunday 31st March, Chalk along with Thunder From Heaven and members of OBLI marked the anniversary of Operation Varsity with their usual photoshoot. The location of a farm orchard and buildings added greatly to the atmosphere and TFH also dressed the fields with parachutes and supply containers.

At this time, I'm waiting for more photo's to come to me but for now we have this superb shot of the Aid Station (Chalk GP's in the background and Ethan as an Airborne medic in the foreground) courtesy of TFH member Rich Mott. Please watch this space for more as they come in!

S/Sgt Yates and S/Sgt Johnson look on as a medic helps a US paratrooper injured in the drop.

S/Sgt Tolley.V. and Sgt Tolley.E. make their way off the LZ to the forming up point. British and American Airborne can be seen in the background.