Airborne Engineers Association

Roll of Honour
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This page is dedicated to the ten men of 300 Troop 131 Independent Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers (V) who tragically lost their lives on 28 September 1975 whilst on "Exercise Trent Chase",  an 80 mile navigation exercise on the River Trent.  Eleven men were in an assault boat on the River Trent during a force 6 gale, with the river in flood, when their assault boat was swept over a weir known as the Devils Cauldron. Ten men were drowned and one survived by clinging on to the assault boat. The scene of the tragedy is marked by a piece of Scottish granite with an inscribed plaque bearing the names of those who perished. Another memorial, pictured below,  was established in Zetland Park, Grangemouth. The men are also commemorated at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.


Sapper - Raymond Buchanan   

Age 20 

Sapper - Norman Bennet

Age 20

Sapper - James Black

Age 18

Sapper - Stuart Evenden

Age 22

Sapper - Peter Evenden

Age 19

Sapper - Ian Mercer

Age 17

Sapper - Alexander O'Brien

Age 18

Sapper - Terry Smith

Age 20

Sapper - Ronald Temprell

Age 26

Sapper - Joseph Walker

Age 21

Cromwell Lock Memorial 27 September 2015

Grangemouth Memorial

Sadly Missed But Never Forgotten

Airborne Forces Prayer

May the defence of the most high be above and beneath, around and within us, in our going out and in our coming in, in our rising up and in our coming down, all our days and all our nights, until the dawn when the sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in his wings for the people of the world, through Jesus Christ Our Lord Amen