In recent years a group of Pompadour veterans who served with the 3rd Battalion, together, primarily in Berlin and Aden in the mid-sixties, get together occasionally to reminisce. This gathering often takes place somewhere with a historical connection with its heritage – the Essex, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiments. Amongst them the battlefields and cemeteries around Ypres, the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas and Tempsford Airfield, site of WW2 SOE flight operations.
On the 29th and 30th March 2023 Kerry Woodrow, Randall Cross, Brian Harrington Spier, Trevor Veitch, Jeremy Veitch, Patrick Shervington, Jerry Steele and organiser David Norbury visited Walbury Hill, accompanied by a supporting cast of partners and, in one case by a son. Situated in the North Wessex Downs in Berkshire, this Iron Age fort site surprisingly has an Essex Regiment connection. In the last few weeks before D-Day a mock-up of the Merville Gun Battery in Normandy was secretly constructed there to allow the 9 Para to rehearse its assault of the position, ultimately with live ammunition. The battalion had been formed from the 10th Battalion of the Essex Regiment in Dec 1942, and named 9th Parachute Battalion (Eastern & Home Counties) and in 1944 was assigned to the 3rd Parachute Brigade part of 6th Airborne Division for the Allied invasion.