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MEET THE RED DEVILS

Capt Dan Lovegrove

Capt Dan lovegrove

Team Role: Officer Commanding
Jump Numbers: 200+
Fav Dropzone: Skydive Sebastian FL, USA
Ratings/ Records: FS1, JM1, CH2, TR1, CF1

Capt Dan Lovegrove has been incredibly lucky to command Parachute Regiment soldiers in many roles during his career and that privilege continues now. He joined 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in 2015 and took over as Platoon Commander of 8Pl, C Bruneval Company. He has since conducted overseas exercises in the USA, France, Germany and Georgia. In 2017 he was posted to ITC Catterick as a Platoon Commander to train new Parachute Regiment recruits.

With over 200 jumps, Capt Lovegrove is developiong his Canopy Relative Work, Tracking and Freeflying. In his spare time he trains arms in the gym and spends time with his family renovating clocks. He was also featured in the 2019 ITV Documentary, Paras: Men of War.

Sgt Dean Walton

Sgt Dean Walton

Team Role: Team Sergeant Major
Jump Numbers: 1500+
Fav Dropzone: San Diego, CA, USA
Ratings/ Records: FS Coach, CF Coach, CH Coach, BFF Coach, Tandem Instructor, IBA Tunnel Instructor

Sgt Dean Walton, known as 'Waldo', was Born in Portsmouth and grew up on the Isle Of Wight. He joined 3 PARA in 2004 where he was a Section Commander and later he was posted as an Instructor at ITC Catterick. Before he was accepted onto the Red Devils he was a Sgt in 1 PARA. He has been deployed on 4 Tours of Afghanistan and conducted exercises in such places as Belize, Brunei, Kenya, Uganda, Oman, Amercia and Cyprus.

His favourite skydiving disciplines are Freefly and Angle Tracking. Out of work he enjoys surfing and travelling overseas.

Cpl Nathan Connolly

Cpl Nathan Connolly

Team Role: Team Leader
Jump Numbers: 5000+
Fav Dropzone: Lake Elsinore CA, USA
Ratings/ Records: AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, CF Coach, FS Coach

Cpl Nathan Connolly is from Rossendale. He joined 1 PARA in 1998 and served in C Company, Mortars Platoon. He has conducted operational tours in Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and Iraq. In 2014, he took over as Team Leader of the Red Devils from CSgt Billy Blanchard and it is his job to ensure the team is professionally trained, well disciplined and ready to conduct public displays.

His favourite skydving disciplines are Canopy Relative Work and Formation Skydiving. Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking, swimming, attending rock concerts and spending time with his wife, Tracey, and children.

Cpl Wayne Shorthouse

Cpl Wayne Shorthouse

Team Role: Jump Master
Jump Numbers: 3700+
Fav Dropzone: Dubai Palm
Ratings/ Records: Tandem Instructor, CF Coach, AAFI

Cpl Wayne 'Shorty' Shorthouse, from Plymouth, joined 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in 2001. During his career he has deployed twice to Northern Ireland, twice to Iraq and also conducted three tours of Afghanistan. He has been employed as a Liaison Officer to Estonian forces in Afghanistan and conducted exercises overseas in Oman, Italy and Africa.

He has a strict gym routine and he enjoys weight training. His other hobbies are surfing, photography and learning the guitar. He Dedicates any spare time to his wife and daughter.

Cpl Mike French

Cpl Mike French

Team Role: Team Cameraman
Jump Numbers: 3500+
Fav Dropzone: Dubai Palm
Ratings/ Records: CF2, CP1, JM1, FS1, FF1, Tandem Instructor, CF Coach, FS Coach, CH Coach

Cpl Mike French known as Frenchy is originally from the Lake District. He joined the Army in 1998 at 16 years and spent the majority of his career in 3 PARA before joining the Red Devils. He has conducted four operational deployments in Northern Ireland, one in Kosovo, two Tours of Iraq and two of Afghanistan.

He dedicated to conducting tandems and engaging with members of the public. His spare time is spent with his family.

Cpl Stephen Handley

Cpl Stephen Handley

Team Role: Team Rigger
Jump Numbers: 1000+
Fav Dropzone: Skydive Arizona AZ, USA
Ratings/ Records: FF1, TR1/TR2/TR3, WS1/WS2, CF Coach, FS Coach, Tandem Instructor, Advanced Packer (S) + (T), Parachute Rigger

Cpl Stephen Handley is from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. He joined 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in 2006, later becoming Section Commander within his Company. Operational deployments have taken him to Afghanistan in 2008 and 2010 and in 2013 he promoted to Corporal. During his career he has deployed on overseas exercises in places such as Uganda, Kenya, Brunei, France, Belize and Canada.

His favourite skydiving discplines are tracking and flying the team big flags. Other hobbies include base jumping, wind tunnel flying, shooting and spending time with family. He has also competed in the World’s longest kayak race (444 miles) in Canada, coming in 2nd place.

Cpl Henry Mole

Cpl Henry Mole

Team Role: Team Quartermaster
Jump Numbers: 500+
Fav Dropzone: Skydive DeLand FL, USA
Ratings/ Records: FS1, TR1/TR2, CF1/CF2, Advanced Packer, Basic Riggers

Cpl Henry 'Moley' Mole is from Devon. He joined the British Army in 2006 and passed out from the Army Foundation College into 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment in 2007. During his career he has done four operational tours, and served as a section commander in a Machine Gun Platoon. Overseas exercises have taken him to Oman, Kenya and America.

He enjoys Canopy Relative Work, Freeflying and Tracking. In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym, spending time with friends and family and is a keen online gamer.

LCpl Lee Crudgington

LCpl Lee Crudgington

Team Role: Head Coach
Jump Numbers: 3800+
Fav Dropzone: Zepherhills FL, USA
Ratings/ Records: BPA AFFI & Tandem Instructor, FF-CF-WS-TR-& CP Coach

LCpl Lee 'Rybak' Crudgington was born in Essex and has spent most of his life there. He joined the Parachute Regiment in 2005 and deployed to Iraq (Op Telic 7) in 2006. He later deployed to Afghanistan (Herrick 8) in 2008 and again in 2010 on Op Herrick 13.

He enjoys the disciplines of Canopy Piloting and Freeflying. Lee is representing Team GB at the World Canopy Piloting Championships this year in South Africa (Petoria). Other hobbies involve BASE jumping, riding BMX with his son and spending time with family.

LCpl Ollie Goss

LCpl Ollie Goss

Team Role: Social Media Coordinator
Jump Numbers: 500+
Fav Dropzone: Skydive Sebastian FL, USA
Ratings/ Records: FS1, TR1/TR2/TR3, WS1/WS2, FF1, CF1/CF2, Advanced Packer

LCpl Ollie Goss is from Northamptonshire. He joined the 3rd Battalion of the Parachute Regiment in 2013 after his forth year serving within the British Army. He has sinced served as a Rifleman and 2IC in 3 PARA, C Company. During his career he has previously deployed to Afghanistan, Cyprus, Germany, America and Africa.

When skydiving, he enjoys Wingsuiting and Canopy Relative Work. In his spare time he likes to keep fit and spend time with his family and his famous dog Panzer.

LCpl Cameron Clark

LCpl Cameron Clark

Team Role: Team Rigger
Jump Numbers: 800+
Fav Dropzone: Skydive Spaceland San Marcos TX, USA
Ratings/ Records: FS1, FF1, TR1/TR2, CF1/CF2, Advanced Packer, Basic Riggers

LCpl Cameron Clark was born and raised in Hertfordshire and is known on the team as Eggsy. He joined the Parachute Regiment in 2012 having and initially served with 3 PARA, C Company, as a Rifleman. Since then he has conducted exercises in America, Kenya, the Falkland Islands and Germany. During 2015 he was part of the 3 PARA Army Champions boxing team and promoted to LCpl in 2018.

He enjoys Canopy Relative Work and Tracking. In his spare time he likes to travel with his partner and renovate vintage penny-farthings for collectors.

LCpl Alex Lilburn

LCpl Alex Lilburn

Team Role: Tandem Coordinator
Jump Numbers: 1000+
Fav Dropzone: Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Ratings/ Records: FS1, FF1, TR1/TR2, Canopy Formation Coach, Canopy Handling Coach, CF1, CF2, Category System Instructor, Tandem Instructor

LCpl Alex Lilburn is from Buxton, Derbyshire. He began service with 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in 2011. During his career he has conducted exercises in the Falklands, France and in Germany, as well as completing Drills and Duties to promote to LCpl.

His preferred skydiving discplines are Freeflying and Tracking. In his spare time he likes to follow international rugby and is also a keen golfer.

Pte Ivan Jacobs

Pte Ivan Jacobs

Team Role: Team Cameraman
Jump Numbers: 1000+
Fav Dropzone: Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
Ratings/ Records: FS1, FF1, TR1, CF1.

Pte Ivan Jacobs is originally from Pretoria, South Africa. He joined 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in 2012, where he served in B Company as a Rifleman. He then moved to A Company where he became a Sharpshooter and Section 2IC. In 2013 he deployed to Corsica to conduct a joint exercise with 2 REP (French Foreign Legion). He has also conducted overseas exercises in Cyprus and Kenya.

He is a keen swooper and loves to have a Braai (BBQ). He dedicates his spare time to his wife Natalie.

LCoH Jake McClure

LCoH Jake McClure

Team Role: Contracts Coordinator
Jump Numbers: 300+
Fav Dropzone: Sibson, UK
Ratings/ Records: FS1, FF1, TR1

LCoH Jake McClure known as Troy is from Peterborough. He joined the British Army in 2006 where he conducted ceremonial and operational duties with the Household Cavalry including a BRF tour in Afghanistan. In 2015 he joined No6 Guards (PARA) Platoon, B Company, 3 PARA as a section commander where he conducted Airborne exercises all over the world. He joined the team at the end of 2018 and is looking forward to his first display season.

He spends his spare time with his family, improving his Freeflying, Canopy Relative Work and snowboarding.

Cpl Stacey Briggs

Cpl Stacey Briggs

Team Role: Team Clerk
Jump Numbers: 250+
Fav Dropzone: Skydive Northwest Cark, UK
Ratings/ Records: FS1, TR1, CH2, FS Coach

Cpl Stacey 'Frank' Briggs was born in Chesterfield. She joined the Army in 2013 as a clerk in the Staff and Personnel Support Corp. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 on Op Herrick 20 and on return she was posted to Germany as the REME Squadron clerk within the RLC. She promoted to Corporal in 2017 and returned to the UK to serve with 1st Battalion Royal Tank Regiment. She is the 5th female member of the Red Devils, in their 55 year history.

Her favourite skydiving disciplines are Formation Skydiving and Tracking. In her spare time she goes to the gym, flys in the wind tunnel and spends time with her daughter. In 2018 she won the Garner Sword in the Army Championships for Formation Skydiving.