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Friends of the Tenth is a registered charity, comprised of a group of like-minded individuals committed to perpetuating the memory and legacy of the brave men of the 10th Battalion, the Parachute Regiment so that their part in history shall never be forgotten.

We have erected a commemorative stone sculpture in the Leicestershire Parish of Somerby, where the Battalion was stationed in the lead-up to a fateful drop behind enemy lines in the Battle of Arnhem in 1944.

We also want to raise awareness of this tragic story, when so many gave their lives, by educating all generations, but especially young people, about this passage in history in the months leading up to the end of the Second World War.

We would be delighted if you can support our fundraising.


Very sad to hear of the passing of Tom Schaffer

Although Tom was not a member of The Tenth, he always helped and supported us. Tom was a WW2 Veteran, a member of the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion, part of the Sixth Airborne Division. In 1945, Tom took part in the Ardennes Campaign (The ‘Battle of the Bulge’) and the Rhine Crossing. RIP Tom, a […]

FoTT Events for Arnhem 80 – September 2024

For your diaries! PRELIMINARY notice  FoTT SEPTEMBER 2024 ‘80th COMMEMORATION’ EVENTS   SOMERBY, LEICESTERSHIRE Saturday 7th September 2024: At The 10th Battalion Memorial, Burrough on the Hill – Our annual ‘At the Going Down of the Sun’ Remembrance Service will take place as normal around 17.30. During the afternoon (before the service) and in the […]

Spending the day with Somerby and Ab Kettleby Schools

On a very wet Monday members of Friends of the Tenth were delighted to meet 50 excited and enthusiastic children at the 10th Parachute Battalion Memorial, Burrough on the Hill. Serving Paratrooper, Corporal Danny Mawson, with ‘Myrtle the Parachuting Chicken’ and Paul Turner, dressed in WW2 Para uniform with his Jeep and equipment, also greeted […]


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