This section may be used as a means for veterans of the 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade Group and associated units to get in touch with their former comrades, or for friends and relatives of these men wishing to hear from anyone who knew them or anything of them, and also by researchers who are seeking assistance. Should you wish to place an advert, contact me at and I'll publish it here asap.


Pte George G. Hammond

I am trying to find out any information about my Dad, 14318821 George G. Hammond. D.O.B. April 27, 1924 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was drafted into the Army in approx 1942 and was initially assigned to a tank corps for a short stint before volunteering for the 2nd Independent Parachute Brigade serving with "A" Company, 4th Parachute Battalion, in North Africa, Italy, France, Greece and Palestine. I believe he was a Sergeant. Any help, information, or suggestions on my search would be so greatly appreciated. Jason Hammond,


Lt Leslie James Patrick Magee

My grandfather was in 21 Independent Coy as a L/Cpl from June 1942, then served with the 8th Parachute Battalion as a 2nd Lt from August 1944 until early 1945, and after the war with 22nd Independent Coy, the 5th Parachute Battalion, and 16th Parachute Brigade, retiring in 1977 as a Lieutenant-Colonel. Would love to hear from any veterans still alive that may have known him, as sadly he passed away in 2000. See for more information. Sean Nash,


Bill Morris

I am trying to trace anyone who knew my brother, William Leslie Morris, always known as Bill, 5391787, "B" Company, 6th Parachute Battalion. I know he served in Italy where he was most likely to have been amongst the survivors from the sinking of HMS Abdiel, Southern France and Greece where he was injured (listed as wounded 16/10/44, casualty list 1599). He was demobbed after the war, but re-enlisted within the year, and served with the 6th Battalion in the Middle East. Sylvia Holmes,


Pte Norman J.C. Osborne

I am looking for anyone who trained with Private Norman J.C. Osborne (RAMC) at Ringway, Manchester in June, 1940. Also, Private Osborne was posted to the parachute training course at AFDS Chesterfield in January 1943, probably with the 127 Para Field Ambulance. Anyone with a photograph from either of these two schools would be very helpful. Thank you for your assistance. Andrew T. Osborne,


Pte Joseph Watson (advert placed 03/01/17)

My Uncle Private Joseph Watson took part in the amphibious landings at Taranto Harbour, Italy in September 1943. He was on board the Minelayer HMS Abdiel. Unfortunately two ground mines detonated beneath the ship and caused it to sink within 3 minutes. My Uncle lost his life, aged 20, at sea on the 10th September 1943. He was among 58 from the 1st Airborne Division who lost their lives during Operation Slapstick. My grandparents were devastated by the loss of their son. I never knew my Uncle Joe, but am very proud of him. I am trying to gather together as much information as I can about his time serving in the British Army. He attended Parachute Training at RAF Ringway 5th April to 16th April 1943 (course number 59). If anyone has information, I would be very grateful if you could share it with me, Diane Jackson,