About Us

The Glider Pilot Regiment Society of Family, Heritage and Remembrance (UK Registered Charity No. 1184175) was set up in 2017 following the winding down of the Glider Pilot Regimental Association (GPRA). The Society was not intended to replace the GPRA but rather to educate about the history of the Regiment and provide a community for Glider Pilot Veterans, their relatives and those with a connection to the Regiment.

Enquiries are welcomed from anyone seeking information about the Regiment. Services are free to relatives of Glider Pilots. However, as  a charity, donations from other enquirers would be gratefully received.

Membership of the Society is open to Veterans of the Glider Pilot Regiment (including those RAF pilots who took part in Operation Varsity) their relatives and anyone who has an interest in the Regiment and its exploits. 

Amongst other things, becoming a member brings with it our high quality Glider Pilot's Notes magazine and the opportunity to attend the Annual General Meeting and other member-only events, all in the knowledge that you will be supporting the Society's commitment to Heritage and Remembrance.

There are four categories of annual membership: VETERAN (free), RELATIVE, FAMILY (up to 2 adults and all children under 18) and FRIENDPlease email the Membership Secretary who will be delighted to provide you with more details.

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 Our Patron

Major General  (Ret'd) Neil D Sexton CB FRAeS was commissioned into the Army Air Corps in 1990. After a cavalry attachment including The Gulf War, he completed the Army Pilots Course and was awarded his 'Wings' in December 1991.

Neil has commanded Army or Tri-Service aviation at every rank up to brigadier. He has flown operationally in Northern Ireland (1992), in Iraq (2003), where he commanded 659 Squadron, and in Afghanistan, where he was Commanding Officer of the Joint Helicopter Force and later Commander of the UK Joint Aviation Group (2007 and 2012). He was Deputy Commander of the Joint Helicopter Command and the professional head of Army Aviation from 2013-15.

As a Staff Officer, Neil has instructed at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Joint Services Command and Staff College. His final posting was Director Army Engagement & Communications.

Neil is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Freeman of the Company of Communicators, Assistant Colonel Commandant AAC, Honorary Colonel of Sheffield UOTC, President of Army Gliding and Commodore of Army Sailing.

It is a delight and an honour, to have Neil as  Patron.

(Photograph by Alex Chamberlin: www.alexchamberlin.co.uk)