A service to commemorate the founding of the Glider Pilot Regiment and the actions of those who served in it will take place on Saturday, 23rd February at Tilshead.
Formed in February 1942, the Glider Pilot Regiment was made up of volunteers from other parts of the Army. These men were put through some of the most rigorous selection and training processes the forces had to offer, before learning to pilot huge unpowered gliders. The first stage of their intensive training took place at the Regiment’s first headquarters in Tilshead on Salisbury Plain.
In 2004 local residents organised a memorial stone for the Glider Pilot Regiment to be placed alongside the existing Parachute Regiment Memorial. The old Regimental Association held a service there every year to mark the founding of the Regiment, until the Association was wound down. Last year a service was organised by a member of the Society to maintain this tradition. The Society is pleased to announce that the service will take place again this year.
All are welcome to attend the service. Attendees will gather at the village hall from 10:00 onwards and make their way to the stone at 11:10 for the service and wreath laying at 11:30 sharp. Tea and coffee will be available in the Village Hall after the service.
A carvery lunch will be held for Society members and guests. If you wish to attend the lunch, you must contact the Society in advance, as spaces will not be available for walk-ins on the day. The lunch is £7.50 per person or £10 including sweet payable on the day..
For further information, please contact the Glider Pilot Regiment Society on firstname.lastname@example.org