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Message Number: 2396 - Saturday, June 16, 2018 13:07:57 EST
[IP = 86.187.165.34] -
Name:  Adrian BRETT
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  London/Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
E - mail:  adrianjohnbrett@gmail.com
Comments:

A welcome to Paul Thompson on this excellent site. Hello Paul!! As your service number is only one or two squads before mine, 3/59, we must have been in J wing together but, unusually for me with a good retentive memory, I cannot place your name or your face!! Sorry. However I am sure you will remember me as I am assured by many that I am unforgettable!! Good to see you here. Write lots of posts. This is an archive for posterity and not a passing social media site. Best wishes.

Adrian Brett

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Message Number: 2395 - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:34:49 EST
[IP = 86.154.44.240] -
Name:  paul thompson
Service Number:  rmb3710
Hometown:  birmingham
Instrument/s:  tenor sax /violin
E - mail:  alfie3710@gmail.com
Comments:

Hi all not seen you all for 60 yrs don't time fly.

Get in touch if you want.

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Message Number: 2394 - Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:00:27 EST
[IP = 81.147.150.169] -
Name:  Charles Laws
Service Number:  RMB/x3057
Hometown:  Deal
Instrument/s:  Swimming pool with water polo ball
E - mail:  Charles Laws@gmail.com
Comments:

Just like to tell you a very short story. On the night of my Birthday party my daughter who was a ex naval nurse decided to chase up a trophy I won back in 1978, so after many phone calls she found the right person. He then sent a tankard with pictures of my name on it and a picture of the trophy. He believes I could be the only bandy to win it. It was for coaching swimming and water polo also the navy water polo team. I wish to Thank the Chief PTI.

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Message Number: 2393 - Wednesday, June 6, 2018 08:13:25 EST
[IP = 79.67.117.63] -
Name:  David Mutter
Service Number:  RMB 3814
Hometown:  Canterbury
Instrument/s:  Euph/Cello
E - mail:  dam6567@gmail.com
Comments:

Dear Richard,

I'm pleased that the 'famous four' have been truly identified and what the gig was all about. Thanks to the joint efforts of Terry and Jock.

The new question concerning the fellow in the instrument repair shop can be solved as I have his picture along with Algy Guest, surrounded by numerous brass instruments plonked on top of a work bench.

The picture is published in a book titled "Royal Marines Deal. A pictorial history" by Andrew Lane, page 135, published by Halsgrove 2000. (the phot is dated 1977)

The name of the man in question is Mr R Charters, The image on your web site I think must have been taken some time after 1977 but of course this could be another trick for us to get the name wrong!!!!

Regards,

David

[Webmaster] This IS embarrasing! Having had same book in my library since it was published I must have come across said photo. Bryan Walker has sent these images in and posted on other media due to a huge archive left behind by our very own Basil Kidd and it will be good to put names to faces. This one should have been endorsed much sooner but your attention and ever deep intererest in this site and matters relatling will be ever appreciated. Thank you David and regards to you and all out there.

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Message Number: 2392 - Friday, June 1, 2018 14:22:39 EST
[IP = 172.100.205.66] -
Name:  Ray Alberry
Service Number:  RMBX 3187
Instrument/s:  Solo Cornet
E - mail:  musicmaker177@gmail.com
Comments:

Hi Terry,
I am going to have a guess who the B/Sgt is in that photo on the ex RMB site.

I think it is Ned Kelly, who would have only being made up to B/Sgt in that year (I was promoted just after him) I only have the RMB website on my phone, and I made too many mistakes trying to up load this message, the key only being small.
If you think I am correct please uplolad it onto the website.
I saw some of the massed bands march to Horse Guards last night, but not the beating Retreat, My grandson Is in the Navy and he sent me the video. I hope the full retreat is either on UTube or the Forces channel on TV.
Hope you are in best of Health, I'm still blowing, but only in a small 6 piece trad band just for fun, sometimes play at an Old Peoples home now and again.
See if I am right in that photo
All the best
Ray Alberry

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Message Number: 2391 - Thursday, May 31, 2018 03:03:25 EST
[IP = 81.152.52.170] -
Name:  Charlie. Laws
Service Number:  RMB/X3057
Hometown:  Deal
Instrument/s:  Swimming Pool
E - mail:  Charles.coach/
Comments:

Just had 80 Birthday and am now training my grandson to swim the English Channel next year and have been asked to train air ambulance next year in a relay swim next year. I am also train to race myself next year.

[Webmaster] Wonderful news Charlie and on behalf of everyone affiliated with this site a belated birthday greeting. Well done!

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Message Number: 2390 - Sunday, May 27, 2018 08:54:03 EST
[IP = 172.100.205.66] -
Name:  Terry Freestone
Service Number:  RMBX 2505
E - mail:  terryfreestone@vfast.co.uk
Comments:

Dear Richard, sorry I seem to be late off the mark on this one - a spell of warm settled weather has had me spending much time in the garden and neglecting the computer. At first I thought it was me then realised that Jock with his LS&GSM meant that the date of the US Marines visit to Deal had to be after November 1964, when he got his “blue”. I was made BMr in February 1963, so it must have been Terry Williams - or Freddie Flux perhaps. Mick Hutton and David Mutter got closest to the right answer. The cornet player and sad-looking violin repair man are both unfamiliar to me. Please put this up on Guestbook for me. A lazy afternoon listening to the concert on Walmer Green this afternoon. I saw John Goold with Betteshanger band there on the first concert three weeks ago, best wishes to all Terry

PS Regards to “Trog” Tremaine, my fine bass trombone in CinC Fleet band 40 years ago.

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Message Number: 2389 - Sunday, May 27, 2018 00:35:11 EST
[IP = 90.212.47.28] -
Name:  Dan Archer
Service Number:  P022378C
Hometown:  Pytchley
Instrument/s:  Drum Major
E - mail:  archer378@yahoo.co.uk
Comments:

The guy in the pic at the back of the bus is Victor Harvey Judd. Vic was in the Eagle Band 1967 to 1969 with me when Jock Brown was the Bandmaster.

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Message Number: 2388 - Friday, May 25, 2018 15:21:05 EST
[IP = 79.67.117.63] -
Name:  David Mutter
Service Number:  RMB 3814
Hometown:  Canterbury
Instrument/s:  euph/cello
E - mail:  gam6567@gmail.com
Comments:

My dear Adrian, which one are you? Front, middle or back in the bus? I'm pleased that you have been able to help us in the quest for the muddle of identification on the man with the tasche. Perhaps as a bit of extra info on the occasion you could enlighten us as to what the gig was all about! Was it Independence Day US at the US Embassy?

I must also apologise on the rank of the US Marine who is infact a Master Sgt and not a Master Gunnery Sgt. As 'a by the way' the 'President's Own' Band wear a music lyre instead of crossed rifles on their rank insignia.

When you see Hugh again give him my regards.

Thank you for your indulgence Richard.

David

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Message Number: 2387 - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 15:26:08 EST
[IP = 86.187.170.203] -
Name:  Adrian BRETT
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  London/Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
E - mail:  adrianjohnbrett@gmail.com
Comments:

Regarding the photo. Definitely Terry Williams and Jock Brown but no one has mentioned the guy on the bus.....that is definitely me!!

On another note I visited the RM exhibition at the Deal Museum this afternoon with my old friend Hugh Heatherwick and we swung the old lamp a bit with the nostalgic memories.


Hogging the photographs in no uncertain terms....three photos can you believe...is our own Dickie Valentine as a cherubic youth barely out of short trousers and stirring an enormous Christmas pudding in the galley which, judging by his subsequent growth, he may well have consumed all by himself!!!

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