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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 2016

Whilst the September commemorations are now completed and we can all congratulate ourselves that the membership continues to increase, we need to ensure that what we do meets the needs of the members and therefore if you not already contacted us, can you let us know what you think and how we can improve and change what we do for future events.

The Fellowship break an important milestone! Membership before the commemoration weekend stood at 510 and after the weekend at 542. I think this goes to show that the Fellowship is heading in the right direction and we have the highest number of members since forming and breaking records all the time!

Newsletter issue 32 has recently been sent out and includes information on the 72nd commemoration. If you did not get this newsletter or are unsure of anything please contact the Hon Secretary.

Information was included in the July 2016 newsletter on the programme for September. If you did not get this newsletter or are unsure of anything please contact the Hon Secretary.

Pompey Paras (Airborne forces day & 10 Para reunion) 9th July.
The Fellowship had a small stand at the event, selling a few items and generally raising awareness of the Fellowship’s activities. Happily we signed up some new members and met some existing members during the day. Thanks go to David Locke, John Howes and Graham Francis.

2nd July saw 21 members visit “Airborne Assault” at IWM Duxford.The visit was hosted by Bob Hilton and members had the opportunity to see behind the scenes and get to handle various items from the collection. (Further details in the next newsletter)

On the 12th June a small number of members attended the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop, for an informal walk around.

Details were sent on 11th April 2016 to members of how to obtain a copy of a long awaited book called Desert Rise – Arnhem Descent on the 10th Parachute Battalion.  A limited edition and a fair number of orders received already! Update around 350 of the 400 now sold! If you want a copy please order soon!

The IWM Duxford trip has been arranged for Saturday 2nd July 2016. All members have been notified and the list is now closed.

News has been received in the last few weeks of the death of three Arnhem veterans – Tony Constable, Reg Curtis and Harry Rice. Our sympathies go out to their family and friends. Posted on 12/02/2016.