Funeral Details for Joseph Holmes

The family of Joseph Holmes have confirmed his funeral to be at Worthing Crematorium, on the 26th October 2018, at 12:40. 

Any ex-members of the 9th Parachute Battalion or Parachute Regiment would be most welcome, particularly if they are wearing blazers, berets and Parachute Regiment colours/decorations. … Read more...

The End of an Era – Gordon Newton

On Sunday 30th September 2018 Gordon Newton passed away. His loss to the 9th Battalion Reunion Club is immeasurable – he was instrumental in the founding of the Club, and worked for decades to ensure its success and growth.… Read more...

#DDay75 – The Big One: Calling all 9th Battalion Families

No sooner are we past the 74th anniversary of D-Day, when the preparations must start for the commemorations in 2019 for the 75th Anniversary.

If the 70th anniversary was anything to go by, the event in 2019 will be a major event, and logistically very complex, so planning is already well underway for the 9th Battalion Reunion Club Normandy Pilgrimage.… Read more...

9th Para Battalion Facebook Group

Doug Moodie has now set up a Facebook group for family and friends of the 9th Battalion to stay in contact, share pictures, videos and other news, and generally hang out.… Read more...

9th Battalion Pilgrimage 2018 – Itinerary

This is the (currently provisional) itinerary for the 9th Parachute Battalion Reunion Club Pilgrimage to Normandy in 2018. It will be updated with any changes, should they arise.

Monday 4th June

Arrive Golf Hotel

Tuesday 5th June

0930 – Ceremony at Le Mesnil Crossroads
1030 – Visit Memorial Pegasus
1300 – Lunch at the Merville Battery
1600 – Ceremony at Gonneville-en-Auge
1700– Ceremony at the Merville Battery
Return to hotel to change.… Read more...

Another veteran leaves us – Ron Tucker

It’s with great sadness that I have to report the loss of Ron Tucker of the 9th Battalion Parachute Regiment. He passed away peacefully today (25th April 2018). His daughter, Ann Sutton, quoted Ron as saying:

Last of the rear party, joining the main Battalion, at last with all my Brothers“.

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Annual Reunion Dinner 2018

The 9th Battalion Reunion Club held its 2018 annual dinner at the Union Jack Club in London on Saturday 3rd of March.

Attendance was good, considering the terrible weather over the previous week, with committee members in attendance, and many of the veterans’ families, as well as a contingent from Merville-Franceville (including the deputy mayor Silvie, Pascaline from the Merville Battery, and her son – and the 9th Battalion standard bearer – Gaetan).… Read more...