Hardwick Hall Commemoration Service

Saturday, May 14, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm


Saturday 14th May 2022

The commemoration will take place at Hardwick Hall, which was the first ever Airborne Training Depot situate in Derbyshire, close to Chesterfield where all potential Paras went to train. The old camp is no longer there but was situated at the bottom of the hill, with brick billets arranged around the lakes which still exist today. Those who in 1940 onwards volunteered to join the Airborne Forces were sent to be tested for their suitability to become one of the elite Airborne Forces. This was their ‘P’ Company?

It remained the training depot until 1946 and should not be confused with RAF Ringway which was the first ever, No1 Parachute Training School, where the early Para’s honed their skills at being thrown into the slip stream from mostly bomber aircraft

You are invited to join us at the Venue from 10am onwards when we will hold a commemorative parade and lay a wreath to remember all those who passed through these hallowed grounds many of whom did not return, or were deeply scarred. The will hopefully be supported by the Red Devils Army Display Team, the Regimental Mascot and a Band.

The old Hardwick Hall is steeped in history going back hundreds of years and was a love nest of ‘Beth of Hardwick’. It is now looked after and maintained by The National Trust and visitor’s can gained access to the hall via the National Trust if you wish.

Entrance to the parade area is free but those attending must use the car park. Those who have ‘mobility or disabilities issues’ can make use of the parade free transport to get from the car park to the parade area. The address is:Hardwick Hall,
Doe Lea,
Derbyshire, S44 5QJ … Map it …

Access to the grounds is gained Via the entrance at, Post Code S44 5RW this will take you to the gate leading uphill through the grounds to the house. Hardwick Hall is approx 2 miles from junction 29 of M1 motorway and is sign posted on motorway and other roads.

M Wattam, Email: mwattam@btinternet.com or Mob: 07815 524666.