Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

249 SIGNAL SQUADRON ASSOCIATION

REUNION WEEKEND 2021 CANCELLED

Due to circumstances beyond our control we are sorry to announce that the Reunion planned for December 2021 has been cancelled.  

RIP - HAROLD STUART TOOTHIL (LOFTY)

It is with extreme sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Lofty Toothill ex 621 (ASSU) Signal Troop on Friday the 13th November 2020. Gail Mizrak who is the eldest of Lofty's 4 children has said it would be good if anybody wishes to contact her with memories about her dad, her email : mrsmizrak@gmail.com I know you will all join me in sending our condolences to Gail and the family. RIP Lofty.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
RIP - DAVE ROBERTS

The following message from Dave's son Jamie reflects not only the family's sadness at Dave's passing but also Dave's wish that donations to mark his passing should be made to the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund via "Just Giving" page whose details are below:

It is with extreme sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of our father, Dave Roberts at the age of 72. Dad passed peacefully after losing his battle to cancer in the early hours of Sunday 11th October 2020. He will no doubt be joining old friends, family and comrades in the upstairs bar!
Miss you and love you Dad, love Jamie, Stevie and the rest of the family xxxxxxxxx

Dad has requested that any donations be made to a Just giving fund for the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund in his memory.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
NEW WEBMASTER

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of John Davis who has looked after the 249 web site for many years. RIP John. As a result Jack Wraith has now taken over and any future issues or comments should be sent to him at jack.wraith@virgin.net

Friday, Dec, 2019
ANGUS " GUS" BOAG

As we approach Christmas, I'm afraid I have some very sad news. Gus Boag's daughter Kirsty has asked me to inform you that her dear Dad passed away on Sunday 15 December. Naturally Gus' wife Freda, his son Cameron and his daughter Kirsty are devastated so if you wish to send your condolences, please send them to Gus' email address which is: gusboag@sky.com.

I didn't know Gus but I know some of you served in 249 at the same time as him.

Kirsty has given me the details about his funeral arrangement. It is taking place at 2pm on Friday 10 January 2020 at the Borders Crematorium, Melrose, TD6 9HA. After the funeral, everybody is invited to the Selkirk Rugby Club, Ettrickhaugh Road, Selkirk, TD7 5AX.

If you are able to attend the funeral, Gus' family will be pleased to welcome you. I know you will all join me with your thoughts and prayers to Gus' family at this very sad time so close to Christmas

RE-FORMATION OF 249 SIGNAL SQUADRON

249 Gurkha Signal Squadron was reformed at a parade in Kiwi Barracks, Bulford, Wiltshire on Wednesday 29th May 2019. Although the weather was not the best the parade was enjoyed by those who were able to attend as were the evenings events.

Once reports and photographs have been collated I intend to have a section of this website dedicated to the new 249's special day. Please feel free to send me any comments or observations, especially if you attended.

SQUADRON PLAQUE

Due to some enquiries made on the squadron's Facebook page a lad called Richard Bellamy is producing a plaque for 249 Signal Squadron (FARELF), a picture of which is shown on the left.

They will cost £20.00 each plus £2.00 post and package in the UK.

For details on how to place an order and make payment, if you would like one of course, please email me at moodyblue@ntlworld.com and I will furnish said details by return. (This is to protect Richard's personal details.)

LAST POST PAGE

If anyone has access to obits, which are missing, for personnel on the Last Post page I would be grateful if they could forward them to me. Or if you have any ideas as to where I could obtain same, again please get in contact.

HELP FOR HEROES

A very worthy cause, especially in light of the numbers of seriously wounded that came back from Afghanistan

I know some folk don't like H4H but I saw for myself, whilst working as a contractor out there, the medevac helicopters arriving at Camp Bastion with casualties on board and these are the lads and lasses, if they survive their injuries, that are being helped.

ROYAL SIGNALS ASSOCIATION
Criteria for joining the Royal Signals Association.

What it boils down to is this - If you served during the time of 249 FARELF (which you did) you must have participated in the "One Days Pay" ruling which entitles you to join the RSA as a Life Member for free. If you go to the RSA website details are available there. If you do not wish to join a Branch local to you (and possibly participate) you can join the RHQ Branch. - Hope this makes sense.

In case it makes it clearer here is a copy off the email that Neville received.

Dear Neville. Thank you for taking an interest in this matter. All those who contributed to Corps Funds through the Days Pay Scheme (DPS) are automatically eligible for free membership of the RSA. However, they must still apply to join by completing an enrollment card, which is sent to Assn HQ. Yes, it would be best if I was asked to check to see if any potential member was already a LIFE MEMBER before asking for the remittance. The bottom line is that all money received as remittance for LM goes into the Benevolent Fund for welfare use.

NOTICE

There are still a lot of gaps on the contact lists, where we are missing troops or dates served. This is acceptable when the people concerned are not in contact but in some cases it applies to people who are in touch. If you are one of those please let Jim Clinker or myself know so we can update. (Don't be afraid inform us if you know we have got dates or troops wrong. Also any names that are missing of people you know who served) - Thanks

If you have anything of interest you would like included on the news page please submit by email