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The Book of Valhalla - A Register for the Unforseen

The Parachute Regiment & Airborne Forces Memorial Group have a very active presence on Facebook. Its purpose is to remember those members of the Parachute Regiment & Airborne Forces who are no longer with us. This is achieved by producing and installing brass plaques on benches situated in the Aldershot Military Cemetary

There are 5 benches in total..

1. The Northern Ireland Bench

2. The Goose Green Bench

3. The Mount Longdon Bench

4. The Parachute Regiment Bench

5. The Airborne Forces Bench

All the benches are close to the Falklands Plot & the three marble memorial stones, for Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Macedonia & the Falklands.

If you haven’t seen them yet, please go and visit the next time you’re in Aldershot. You will not be disappointed.

An example of one of the brass plaques used
Brass Plaque Image

The following text is an extract from a post by Tommy Simpson on the Group's Facebook page, which explains the Book of Valhalla. If you need any further clarification please get in touch via our Contact page, alternatively you can visit the Memorial Group page via the following Facebook link

Link to Memorial Group page

One of the hardest things to do, is get the details of those who’ve died.

Nobody wants to ask the family for details or are embarrassed to at the time.

Nobody wants to stress out the relatives by searching for things, only a Paratrooper would know.

So for those of you that would like to help me with this....

I have a book called

The book of Valhalla.....

It’s for the Living........
It holds all the details except the date of death....which we will add later on.....

All you have to do is give me your details....nobody will get access to it except for me & my nominated successor....

Number
Rank
Name
Unit
Date of birth

I will add the last detail... date of death....

I know it’s a bit morbid, but since starting the book, I now have 600 odd names on the book.....

The very first person in the book & where I got the idea from, was Frankie Pye, who many of you will remember.
Frank served from 1966 until the early 90’s. He gave me the idea, after seeing the difficulties of trying to get those details after someone has died.

This will ensure that you will be remembered, with a brass plaque bearing your details which will be put in Aldershot military cemetery or possibly in the garden of remembrance, on the site of 16 Para Bde Offrs Mess, on one of our benches. Next to friends already gone.

Message me if you want. That is the safest option.
Or,
If you post your details on the Memorial Group page, I will delete them once I’ve copied them to the book.

At least think about it.....you know it makes sense!
It will save your loved ones from the stress of finding things like Regtl no’s, which most people don’t have a clue of.

Thank you!

Tommy Simpson

 

 

 

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