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Message Number: 2220 - Thursday, May 18, 2017 11:22:03 EST
[IP = 51.9.165.13] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury, North Somerset
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart and E Flat Sax
Comments:

I offer more on the Late Brian Smith, who played for many a year in the All Stars Band, and, suggest that my previous statement about no one paying any tribute about his passing still stands.

Brian was Senior to myself in Service, but that didn't prevent him in his friendship to one and all in East Barracks in the early Fifties.

http://www.exroyalmarinesbandsmen.net/NOTICEBOARD/bill/01.htm

Brian is pictured here in the above link, and one other Martin Gee is on the right of the picture.

So, Eric Hayward, if I have missed you out of where you are in the picture, well that is because I don't think you were in it.

My kind regards to all.

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Message Number: 2219 - Friday, May 12, 2017 03:36:25 EST
[IP = 109.148.149.40] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name:  Mike Tellck
Service Number:  RMB 352
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

Hi all, just to let you know that the Central Band RBL will be playing in St.Pauls Church, Chichester on Saturday June 3rd at 1900. Along with us will be a Military Wives Choir.

Then on June 10th we will be in St. Georges Church, Deal . Again at 1900. By popular request from the Deal public we will be accompanied by Opus 32, a very talented choir from Sittingbourne.

Our BAFTA winning boss, David Cole, will be conducting both evenings so if you have nothing better to do please come and see us.

Best wishes to all,

Mike

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Message Number: 2218 - Tuesday, May 9, 2017 15:10:57 EST
[IP = 90.194.2.116] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name:  Billy Walker
Service Number:  RMB4336
Hometown:  DEAL
Instrument/s:  Horn
Comments:

Apologies, I meant Herman Clarke. (Not Herbert)

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Message Number: 2217 - Tuesday, May 9, 2017 12:58:48 EST
[IP = 90.194.2.116] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name:  Billy Walker
Service Number:  RMB4336
Hometown:  DEAL
Instrument/s:  Horn
Comments:

At Dover Castle today (where I work!) I was chatting to a lady, who had a HMS Victory 250 Fleece on. I also noted that she was wearing a RMA Badge. The conversation moved onto what connection she had, if any, with the Royal Marines. She said that her late husband served in the RMBS. To cut a long story short, her name was Sandra and she was the wife of Herbert "Nobby" Clarke! I didn't know Nobby, but I know many of you did. We chatted for ages and it was a pleasure to meet her.

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Message Number: 2216 - Monday, May 8, 2017 11:26:39 EST
[IP = 86.187.170.225] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB3730
Hometown:  London/Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
Comments:

Sorry to read of the demise of B/Cpl Brian Smith. We were in the Staff Band together and I recall him to have been a very capable bassoonist and a very pleasant man who came on the famous 1965 USA Tour. I also recall him testing a new bassoon 'mouthpiece' to enable the bassoon to be played on the march!! It was a very narrow mouthpiece, like a clarinet or sax, and with a single reed...the bassoon thus becoming a single reed instrument!! ADRIAN

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Message Number: 2215 - Monday, May 8, 2017 06:43:34 EST
[IP = 209.93.203.13] -
Posted From:United States
Name:  Terry Freestone
Service Number:  RMB/X2505
Comments:

To reply to Len Lewry`s request about which CG squad he would have been in; I have checked my records t Regster Number and although I don`t have definitive evidence believe he would have been in 44 squad as were most of his contemporaries by Register Number.

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Message Number: 2214 - Friday, May 5, 2017 17:54:10 EST
[IP = 121.215.179.157] -
Posted From:Australia
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:  Bendigo Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  Once upon a time a Bassoon Holder
Comments:

Hi Richard, May I too add my sad thoughts to the passing of Brian Smith. He and I along with Martin Gee were the only members of the Bassoon class during the period 52/54. I had joined after the former two and knew absolutely nothing about music or what a Bassoon was. It seemed at the time that we all muddled along having during that period we had at least six different instructors. Among them were such well known members of the bandservice as Pete Sumner, Dennis Ovendon Pete Wooley.

Brian was Rated before me and I don't think I ever saw him again during my service in the RMB but I was rather chuffed too hear that he was still playing in he Deal area until quite recently. I had finished "blowing" way back in 87 due to a bit of Arthritis in my hands.

I wa surprised at reading Bill's letter that no representation of ex Members were at Brian's Funeral but was equally pleased to read Graham letter saying that there was. Thank you Graham.

As an aside Richard. I have thought for a long time now that your site has been "highjacked" by "FB". I refuse to print the name in full.

However even though my contributions are limited of late I do check here every morning before I do anything else.

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Message Number: 2213 - Friday, May 5, 2017 13:39:33 EST
[IP = 94.1.90.14] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name:  Caroline Brooker
Hometown:  Gillingham
Comments:

Good evening.

I am trying to locate an ex bandsman by the name of DAVID ARTHUR ROWLAND, believed to have served until 1970 when he left to join Kent Police Force. I believe he moved down to the West Country when he left the police to run a kennels and breed dogs.

We have a mutual friend who served with him in Kent Police called Barry Coppen who would dearly like to be in contact with David again.

It is also believed that David played a brass instrument, perhaps trumpet?

If anyone knows the whereabouts of David please be kind enough to give him my details, I would really like to be able to put two old friends in touch.

Caroline Brooker

01634 855797

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Message Number: 2212 - Friday, May 5, 2017 12:01:15 EST
[IP = 79.78.89.194] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name:  Graham Hoskins
Service Number:  RMBx2687
Comments:

Gentlemen,

Please be assured that despite the dearth of timely information regarding the funeral of Brian Smith three of his former colleagues were able to attend in support of Brian's wife Maureen. Graham Harvey, Joe Baggs and I were present as well as a distinguished former GD SNCO.

As ever,

Graham

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Message Number: 2211 - Friday, May 5, 2017 10:31:25 EST
[IP = 79.73.232.2] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name:  Len Lewry
Service Number:  RMB3859
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Solo clarinet
Comments:

I need help.... Yeah, I know.... But can anyone out there let me know what CG Squad I was in? I can't remember any of the members, or the number. I think it would be about 43/44? (numbers, not years!!!!)

Strange request, but if anyone can help........

Cheers.

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