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One FREE 75th Anniversary Commemorative Poster of the Battle of Arnhem per person for the first 10 books ordered

Arnhem: Walking in Their Footsteps (new hardback version)

Recently released hardback version including new information and photographs, with the first 10 books ordered bearing the signature of Major Jeffrey Noble, Officer Commanding the MMG Platoon at Arnhem.

This book of 128 pages contains maps, photographs and the stories of individual soldiers.  It concentrates on Brigadier Shan Hackett’s 4th Parachute Brigade’s HQ and the 156 Parachute Battalion during the first three days of fierce fighting at Arnhem.  The book culminates in new information regarding the escape and subsequent death of two evaders and changes the previously accepted conclusion of Operation Pegasus as a result of research done by historian John Howes.

Price for members in the UK, including post and packing, is £23.00 and for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.

From Delhi to Arnhem

This book of over 430 pages is the story of the formation of the 156 Parachute Battalion in India in 1941, the invasion of Italy, and the parachute drop in Arnhem in 1944.  It is packed with maps and photographs, whilst following the stories of 12 paratroopers from different backgrounds.  In addition, it covers much of the fighting by the 1st Airborne Division at Arnhem and describes the role played by the 156.  Much of the action includes the close-quarter fighting in the woods near Arnhem and in the streets of Oosterbeek, giving an insight into the struggle to survive of those left behind the lines after the battle, including their various escape attempts.  This Battalion’s tenacious attitude in battle and their refusal to give in contributed to the 156 suffering the highest percentage loss of all the battalions that fought at Arnhem.

Price for members in the UK, including post and packing, is £30.00 and for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.

75th Commemorative Tankard of the Battle of Arnhem

Made of fine bone china, these tankards have been produced by the family of 156 veteran Les Lockett in their Staffordshire factory.  The tankard features the small HQ of Colonel John Waddy’s B Company.  The photograph was taken just before Arnhem by his second-in-command Hector Montgomery in 1944.  Hector lost his camera in the battle when he was seriously wounded in Wolfheze near Arnhem.

Price for members in the UK, including post and packing, is £29.00 and for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.


Arnhem: Walking in Their Footsteps is £23.00 (for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.)

From Delhi to Arnhem £30.00 (for overseas buyers p&p P.O.A.)

Book enquiries to or telephone 01949 851354.

Send your name and address with cheque payable to John O’Reilly at Thoroton Hall, Main Street, Thoroton, Nottinghamshire, NG13 9DS.


For enquiries please phone Edwards & Lockett Ltd on +44 (0) 1782 319792.
To get your tankard, send your cheque to: Edwards & Lockett Ltd., 196-200 Normanton Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 1QF.

A proportion of the sale of all three items will help with the costs of the 156 Parachute Battalion Association Reunions both in Arnhem and Melton Mowbray.  In this special commemorative year, 135 people attended the 156 Reunion service in Melton and around 50 family members who went to Arnhem took part in a battlefield tour to walk in the footsteps of their relatives.

***Please  note The Fellowship  is NOT involved with the ordering process!***

News 2013

28 September
I hope members will agree that the commemoration weekend was a success with the Fellowship slowly but surely gaining stength. I was pleased that we supported the (successful) campaign to get the Recce Squadron Memorial ‘officially approved’ even if several ‘ obviously well informed and knowledgeable’ individuals have posted on the internet that the Fellowship was not involved. A special mention to our member Chris for being the driving force behind this. Thanks to our Dutch members Bob and Jon for sending me a number of photos from the weekend which I have added to the Arnhem 2013 page. 

I would like to mention again Robert Sigmond and RN Sigmond Publications for the magnificent guide book for the Fellowship walk. A few copies are still available and if interested please contact the Fellowship. 

27 July
New page added regarding Veterans Information. The Fellowship is pleased to announce that a small group of their members have agreed to share information on veterans that they have obtained over the years and if interested you are kindly directed to this new page called ‘Requests for Information.’

The Fellowship has been working with the No 1 Parachute Training School PJI Association and Airborne Assault Duxford on obtaining from a ‘private source’ the ‘Guest Book’ of No 1 PTS by its first commander Squadron Leader later Wing Commander Newnham. It was arranged for the book to be digitally photographed and the Fellowship is being allowed to sell discs with these images. The disc totals around 90 images and contains numerous inscriptions from visiting servicemen and dignitaries, photographs, newspapers cuttings and a record of the then OC’s own parachute descents. There is also a photographic record of the first descent into water and has photographic records of visits by King George VI, Winston and Clementine Churchill and Major General Roy Urquhart, Important signatories include George Duke of Kent, Alan Brooke, shortly before he became Chief of the Imperial General Staff and Churchill’s chief military advisor. Other signatures include from an Arnhem/Airborne perspective Gale, Urquhart, Des Voeux, Smyth, F/Sgt Cox of Bruneval fame and Micky Thomas the CO of the 11th Parachute Battalion. 

Priced at £10 only to Fellowship members plus £1.50 postage in the UK, £2 Europe and please ask for other destinations. Payment by Paypal is subject to a 5% surcharge due to their commission charges. The proceeds from sales are being split between the Fellowship and Airborne Assault. 

As some of you may be aware who attended theTheirs is the Glory walk in September 2012 the event was filmed and a short video is available to watch on-line via the following link: