Major Tony Hibbert

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by airborne medic, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. airborne medic

    airborne medic Very Senior Member

    Some of you may recognise his name from a recent TV programme on escapes of WW2 and on 17/09/2011 at a special dinner in Heelsum hosted by the Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment Major-General J Shaw (but known to some of us as OC 6 Platoon B Company 3 Para in 1982) presented the 'Hibbert Sword' to Tony in recognition of all his work for the Airborne Forces. Tony was asked at the dinner if he would consider giving the sword back to be presented annually to a young officer of the Parachute Regiment who displays the 'Hibbert Spirit'...he was happy to do this.
    Also at the same dinner a Dutch lady Hiltje van Eck was presented with the 'Van Eck Poignard' by the British Ambassador to the Netherlands in recognition of her life-long support for Tony and veterans of the 1st Airborne Division. In 1944 she was a child who's parents owned a house in Ede which backed onto the one that Tony was hiding in....A special booklet was also produced for the dinner with details of Tony's life including Arnhem.....this might get the Arnhem book nuts searching high and low for a copy......LOL.....
     

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  2. Paul Pariso

    Paul Pariso Very Senior Member

    Nice pictures Niall, thanks for posting them ;).............
    Now, about this booklet.........:lol:

    All the best...........
     
  3. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    Very nice pictures Niall,thanks for posting:)

    Now did I see the word 'Booklet' tucked away in there.....:D
     
  4. Philip Reinders

    Philip Reinders Very Senior Member

    will be waiting for the Pariso sword, for keeping all the bookshops running all over the world!
     
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  5. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    will be waiting for the Pariso sword, for keeping all the bookshops running all over the world!


    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  6. TomTAS

    TomTAS Very Senior Member

    Hi AM & All,

    Yes Paul must be keeping national deficit aflood.... And Mr B come to think of it :)

    Cheers
    Tom
     
  7. markinbelfast

    markinbelfast Senior Member

    Met the man in Amsterdam airport on the way home from Arnhem 2011..Id a great photo of him taken the year before...a total gent he was happy to stand and chat away.
     
  8. airborne medic

    airborne medic Very Senior Member

    He was also in the BBC 4 programme on the Parachute Regiment last night.....A really nice guy but starting to show his age.....93!
    Hopefully I'm as good at that age......
     
  9. kingarthur

    kingarthur Well-Known Member

    He was also in the BBC 4 programme on the Parachute Regiment last night.....A really nice guy but starting to show his age.....93!
    Hopefully I'm as good at that age......

    I also watched it Niall, was a delight seeing the Major on there.
     

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