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Unit 16th Lincoln Company, The Parachute Regiment (V)

16th Airborne Divisional (Lincoln) Independent Company The Parachute Regiment provided the pathfinder element to the 16th Airborne Division (TA) established in 1947. The Company formed in 1950 and was based at Lincoln.

When the TA Division was reduced to the 44th Independent Parachute Brigade Group (TA) in 1956, the Company was re-named 16th (Lincoln) Independent Company The Parachute Regiment.

In 1968 the Company was re-designated 16 Indep Coy PARA (V) to serve the re-designated 44th (Volunteer) Parachute Brigade.

Further reductions in Airborne Forces in 1977 resulted in the disbandment of 44th Brigade and 16 Company was absorbed initially into 15 PARA (SV) in March the same year and then finally transferred to 4 PARA (V) in July 1984 where it has since been totally absorbed and the title disappeared.

The detachment in Lincoln was disbanded in 2000.

Company Commanders:

16th Airborne Divisional (Lincoln) Independent Company The Parachute Regiment

1950-52 Maj GH Seal
1952-53 Capt JH Smith
1953-56 Maj AJ Bennett MBE


16th (Lincoln) Independent Company The Parachute Regiment

1956-60 Maj AJ Bennett MBE
1960-61 Maj DJM Sheddon
1961 Maj WRA Oddie
1961-64 Maj DM Fletcher MC
1964-65 Maj K Spacie
1965 Capt JCH Harvey
1965-8 Maj RJ Jenkins
1968 Maj PE Wood


16th (Volunteer) Independent Company The Parachute Regiment

1968-70 Major PE Wood
1970-71 Maj DWF Taylor
1971-72 Maj CG Thomson
1972-74 Maj HWR Pike
1974-75 Maj AH Clark
1975-77 Maj JH Insley

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