Former Paratrooper has one final jump


When 88 year old ex Paratrooper Lance Corporal Stan Saunders passed away, his last wish was to have his ashes released into the sky by the Red Devils Freefall Display Team.

His ashes were taken to an altitude of 13,000 ft where the team began their decent at 120mph. At 6,000 ft the parachutes deployed and at 2,000 ft so that it was visible from the ground the ashes of the former Paratrooper were released into the sky.

Sgt Dean Walton, the team Sergeant Major said:

“It is a huge privilege for us to do this for Stan and his family and an absolute honour”.

A ‘Para through and through’ Stan served with 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment between 1946 and 1952.

Stan’s family and old comrades from the Maidstone Parachute Regiment Association, all came together to see his wishes fulfilled in a special display of aerial skills from the Red Devils.


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