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Message Number: 2365 - Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:08:50 EST
[IP = 86.154.32.52] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols Wiiral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
E - mail:  barryradford2003@yahoo.co.uk
Comments:

Dear Richard

So pleased to let you know that I have returned home today from hospital with my dear wife Heather.

She is very very fragile, but I’m sure now that she is home, her recovery will be hastened.

Many many thanks to everyone who has been in touch with messages. How lucky we are to have such true friends from our Great Band Service Family. All via your great Web site. Thanks to you Richard and also all of our many friends out there.

‘regards to all

Barry and Heather

[Editor] Our thoughts and prayers for you both as Heather returns home and a steady recovery.

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Message Number: 2364 - Saturday, April 21, 2018 06:24:01 EST
[IP = 5.64.115.230] -
Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  RMB 3645
Hometown:  Bude Cornwall (Pompey now!)
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Fiddle
E - mail:  marinetrumpet@gmail.com
Comments:

Oh! Baz / Barry Radford! - Thanks for your response to my ramblings.

However, old mate, whilst I appreciate your kind words of course, how awful you must be feeling right now with your dear wife having to be rushed off to hospital so suddenly.

Life can certainly be cruel to us "old cretins" can't it? You would know, as Lord knows, you've been through the mill a few times to say the least young man!!

I've just been very lucky until recently when "Old Father Time" decided to come along and single me out for a taste of it!!

Please convey my very best to Heather Barry. Here's to the speediest of recoveries for the lovely lady and less stress for you too mate!

Recovery at home is not quite as easy i'd first envisaged por moi! - I spent yesterday attempting to make contact with the Ward Nurses for them to expedite the District nurse. Finally did all that but got a "no show" from the District Nurse! (Not a happy Bunny as my damned drainage bag has been leaking - sorry if you're having your breakfast!)

Phoned 111 this morning in desperation (as District Nurses are only available Mon to Fri's!!) and they've promised me that I would hear back with the hour. It's now 2 hours, so I have to call yet again!!

Maybe there IS something to said for remaining in hospital after all!! Just a tad annoying as I've no idea what damage I might be doing in the meantime!

Cheers again ya all!

[Richard] Hang in there Derek!

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Message Number: 2363 - Friday, April 20, 2018 15:46:45 EST
[IP = 86.154.32.52] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
E - mail:  barryradford2003@yahoo.co.uk
Comments:

Dear Richard

How fantastic to read Derek’ s remit. Fantastic to know that you are home dear friend. But my how you appear to have been through the “mill”. But for sure you haven’t lost your sense of humour!! Good luck with everything that is to follow.

I can only echo Derek’s praise of the NHS Staff and Ambulance Crews. Only yesterday my dear Heather was admitted to hospital via a 999 call. How wonderful these tremendous people are, and I am so very grateful for the way Heather was looked after (and continues to be in hospital).

Regards to all and take care

Barry

[Webmaster] One can only echo the sentiment regarding Derek's recent experiences and equally importantly I say that well wishes to Heather for hopefully a quick recovery and back home to you Barry. I know you will keep us posted. Richard.

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Message Number: 2362 - Friday, April 20, 2018 15:00:57 EST
[IP = 5.64.115.230] -
Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  RMB 3645
Hometown:  Bude Cornwall but Pompey now!
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Fiddle
E - mail:  marinetrumpet@gmail.com
Comments:

Just a quick note from my recovery position at my home in Queens Rd, Pompey!

Great to be home, free of all of the trappings of all of those Hospital rules and reg's, to say nothing of the various noises off to add further discord to your time spent in such royal establishments!!

However, nothing but exceptional praise once again to all of the hospital staff involved in the process of my op' recovery. Rushed off their feet they are, yet somehow NOTHING was ever too much trouble for any of them. Enormous volumes of energy and such buoyant sense of humour kept my entire ward going and most of us seemed to suck that in and use it to our advantage to aid our recoveries.

Never ever been in that situation in my life before, so the whole hospital thing was virtually brand new to me. I therefore owe Rich' Valentine an enormous pint or two for putting me in touch with our own former B/M Mike Webber who managed to guide me through exactly the same Upper Lobectomy op' that he too had experienced a few years back.

Essentially it's the removal of a malignant tumour in the left lung that involves losing the left upper lobe too via keyhole surgery. Mike, I am so very grateful to you too for giving me the "heads up!" What you failed to tell me however was that I'd also wake up looking like"Michelin Man" on my return to the world post op!' - I'd become a victim of what just 1 in 180 people contract that is Surgical Emphysema. Air gets somehow trapped in between the operation area and the outer skin and you just seem to blow up!! -

When I awoke I couldn't see a damned thing and couldn't work out why until a nurse explained! - A Doc' was called and within an hour, I managed to open my eyes thank God!! Only then I could also see why. My head and shoulders were absolutely enormous with the texture of a sand bag and only over the next few days did I gradually decrease in size to match the rest of my body! In the meantime I'm trying to overcome the actual operation itself! - This past week has been a barrel load of laughs you can imagine! I now have 2 weeks to wait for the biopsy results of the upper lobe to establish whether Chemo' or Radio therapy will be required and another 7- 8 weeks to get back to feeling somewhere near normal!

Just so glad to be out to the UK's current glorious temperatures that's for sure. Able to sit in the garden yesterday and today to listen to the sound of birdsong for a double bonus!

Anyway, I waffle yet again. Sorry folks!

My very grateful thanks to both my old comrades Barry (Baz') Radford and Mike Tellick for their very kind words on these pages. You can't ever seem to beat that old special camaraderie that we "old bandies" will always have for each other.

Friends were always more than friends and still remain so to this day! Something that is totally impossible to explain to any civvy!

BTW ' Trust you too are also recovering well now Baz' Barry Pettitt!? All the best folks.

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Message Number: 2361 - Thursday, April 19, 2018 00:33:21 EST
[IP = 86.182.199.58] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
E - mail:  miketellick@hotmail.co.uk
Comments:

Hi all I am sorry to learn through my squaddie, Barry Radford that Derek Usher is in sickbay.

I am sure we all wish him all the very best for a quick recovery and that he wil, be back to his normal ebullient self.

Like you Barry, I do not do "face ache"or "twatter"!!!!

Best wishes to all,

Mike

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Message Number: 2360 - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 09:50:26 EST
[IP = 86.154.32.52] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
E - mail:  barryradford2003@yahoo.co.uk
Comments:

Hi to all, Sorry to hear the news that dear Derek (the lush) Usher is in hospital. ( I don’t do Facebook)

hope he is out and home soonest.. Derek , take care old friend , both Heather and I are thinking of you. Heres hoping that things go well for you.

Also great news re Barry Pettit being home and making good progress.

Regards

Barry

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Message Number: 2359 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 14:46:19 EST
[IP = 82.10.157.17] -
Name:  Roy Hallin
Service Number:  RMB4079
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Bassoon - previous Flute/Tenor Sax
E - mail:  GrandadRoy66@gmail.com
Comments:

Hi Dickie,

Great to hear from Taff Webber again. As someone else stated, the scariest "Duty Nick", in Company with Dave Wells.

Terry Freestone and John Whelton were a close second.

Terry Williams was a teddy bear in comparison.

Going ashore was a mission impossible sometimes.....if you missed the "Liberty Boat" (what the hell was a Liberty Boat....we're on dry land) Civvies properly stamped, clean hankie, clean shoes, tie, etc anything awry, TOUGH you missed the boat, and had to sit on your bed and await the next one!

1st Shore leave for me was 1800 - 2100 Saturday, Beach Parlour, Bingo, walk along the beach and home........ no time to go to the Flea Pit, no pubs, avoid Mad Mick, and Middle Street.

But oh! good days.

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Message Number: 2358 - Monday, April 9, 2018 04:17:04 EST
[IP = 83.34.196.244] -
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3492
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
E - mail:  mikhik1@gmail.com
Comments:

Greetings to one and all

Like Michael Hutton I also attended the funeral of my old sparring partner Wally Walters, as said by Michael.

The place was full with many standing upstairs and others filling the aisles. I did attend the wake at the RMA and it was a great occasion so nice to meet up with his dear wife Rena and family again long time no see, this also applies to many old soldiers who attended many I had not seen for years too many to mention. Before people started to leave a port toast to Wally was made by his family and we sang with family 'There's only one Wally Walters' which was mentioned many time during the service and at the wake. I am sure the family took great pleasure with so many old friends attending. He will be missed and remember by many.

WALLY WALTERS RiP

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Message Number: 2357 - Thursday, April 5, 2018 14:49:39 EST
[IP = 92.0.66.222] -
Name:  bart bartholomew
Service Number:  rmb 3871
Hometown:  Dartmouth
Instrument/s:  solo clarinet/tenor sax
E - mail:  bart.fatknacker@gmail.com
Comments:

Sorry to hear that Tom Rumney has gone to the massed bands up top. He was my sergeant on HMS Hermes 1966/68, so rest in peace my old mucker.

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Message Number: 2356 - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 15:33:26 EST
[IP = 90.253.83.71] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
E - mail:  michaelhuttonxrm@btinternet.com
Comments:

There was a fantastic turn out at Barham to give Wally Walters a great send off last Thursday. A very moving service with many tributes from his wife and family. He was much loved by all and a great family man. The chapel was full and many of us had to stand throughout, but it was a lovely service.

I didn't make the wake at the RMA so perhaps there may be further info from someone who did.....RIP Wally. Michael Hutton.

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