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Message Number: 2341 - Friday, February 16, 2018 05:37:52 EST
[IP = 79.156.91.151] -
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
E - mail:  mikhik1@gmail .com
Comments:

Taff Jones

So sad to read about the passing of Taff I remember him well we both joined 03 01 56 sixty two long years ago. I never served with him in fact I do not recall our paths crossing once we had left the wing. My condolences go to his family and to those of our great family who the pleasure to know and serve with him.

Taff Jones RiP

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Message Number: 2340 - Thursday, February 15, 2018 17:04:28 EST
[IP = 37.152.219.254] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMBX 3050
Hometown:  Congresbury, Somerset.
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
E - mail:  ehadmiral@gmail.com
Comments:

Hi Everyone,

Seeing the request of a Joyce, we had a Cecil Joyce in our East Barracks Boys Band. He was Cecil Joyce, who, I never saw again once I had qualified to go onto Sea Service in 1955!

I also attended the Well Attended Funeral Service of the Late Cliff Meatheringham, and, I am able to send copies of the Service Sheet to anyone who wishes to see and receive them. My wife and I were well received by the Family, many of them were not even born when Cliff and I served together, in particular in HMS Ganges Band under the Baton of Dick Plaice a well known Ballroom Dancer along with his wife in Shotley!

I have been able to circulate the Service Sheet to Ken Tyler an old Shipmate of Cliff and his Family.

Editor - You always like to pull the old soldier and rank thingy Bill. You might note that the ' Joyce' in question has been more than adequately 'put to bed' by Terry Freestone's exemplary database record. Keep swingin' the lamp Bill!

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Message Number: 2339 - Thursday, February 15, 2018 13:35:58 EST
[IP = 78.145.151.253] -
Name:  Roy Hallin
Service Number:  RMB4079
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Bassoonythingy
E - mail:  GrandadRoy66@gmail.com
Comments:

Hello Richard,

I was just wondering if any of our ex Bandy family out there, know of or maybe served with a Bandmaster by the name of DONALD JOYCE.

I am trying to get any information for his Grandaughter. Please send any info or photos via this website or my e-mail.

All information will be dealt with in strictest confidence.

Thank you all

Roy

Editor:- According to Terry Freestone's extensive database I share with you and Donald's granddaughter these details.

RMB 3032 Donald F Joyce - Bandmaster 2nd Class - Born 6/20/1910 - Portsmouth - Joined 13/10/1924 - Died 12/19/1941 - J Trendall book "A life on the ocean wave" p132. Website - RN Casualties page for December 1941 - Missing presumed killed in HMS Neptune.


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Message Number: 2338 - Thursday, February 15, 2018 06:16:10 EST
[IP = 79.73.238.69] -
Name:  Len Lewry
Service Number:  RMB3859
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
E - mail:  lenny.lewry1@virginmedia.com
Comments:

So sorry I cannot attend Syd Rose's funeral. He was Bandmaster when I joined St Vincent as a newly rated Musn. An absolute gentleman who helped and encouraged me. Requiescat in Pace.

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Message Number: 2337 - Wednesday, February 14, 2018 02:58:37 EST
[IP = 86.176.242.211] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
E - mail:  barryradford2003@yahoo.co.uk
Comments:

Hi to all 2/56r’s

62 years ago today we joined the Great Family of the Royal Marine Band Service (and I would do it all again�) just 4 of us left we think!!!

enjoy your day guys. I’ll raise a glass later. Regards to all. Thanks for the memories�

Regards

Barry

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Message Number: 2336 - Wednesday, February 14, 2018 02:08:13 EST
[IP = 86.171.218.89] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
E - mail:  miketellick@hotmail.co.uk
Comments:

Happy birthday to any surviving members of the 2/56 squad who joined 62 years ago today.

Barry Radford, (squad watch) he goes on about it all the time!!! Ray Grant, John Cowdrey and myself seem to be the only ones left.

Best wishes to all serving and past members of our great family,

Mike

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Message Number: 2335 - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 15:07:33 EST
[IP = 124.183.154.185] -
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:  Bendigo Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  None Now
E - mail:  jananderic9@gmail.com
Comments:

Hi Richard,

Sad to report that Ray (Taff) Taylor is not at all well and his wife Jenny has been in hospital for ten days or more. Ray I believe has been diagnosed with Myeloma.

If any of their friends would like to pass on good wishes etc, I will be more than pleased to pass them on for you.

My best regards to you and yours Richard.

Cheers Eric.

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Message Number: 2334 - Monday, February 12, 2018 14:22:16 EST
[IP = 151.226.153.99] -
Name:  Graham Harvey
Service Number:  Q003968W
Hometown:  Kingsdown Deal
Instrument/s:  Trombone
E - mail:  graham3968@hotmail.com
Comments:

Memorial Concert to Trevor Attwood

It was so very sad for us all to learn of the passing of Trevor Attwood towards the end of last year.

I had known Trevor since we were boys together in the wing and I have always had the greatest respect for him as a friend, musician and of course just as a very genuine good caring guy.

For the past few years he has been playing in the White Cliffs Symphonic Winds in Dover and he is certainly missed as within our ranks.

The Band will be having a memorial concert in memory of Trevor on Saturday 17th February at St Mary's Church Walmer, 7.30.

We shall be ending the concert with Trevor's arrangement of Saint Saens Organ Symphony (Finale), with Rod Starr once again playing the organ as he did for it's first performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Quite a high percentage of this 50 piece band are ex RMB's who live in the area and would be thrilled if any of you are able to attend in memory of Trevor.

We look forward to welcoming you, if you require tickets please contact Graham on 01304 373697 or tickets will also be available at the door.

Profits raised will go towards 'The Trevor Attwood Cup' which will be presented annually for achievement/or progress in the Shepway Brass Academy to students aged between 8 and 18.

Trevor was a great source of encouragement to young developing musicians in the area and I know this will be a most fitting tribute to him.

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Message Number: 2333 - Wednesday, February 7, 2018 04:55:28 EST
[IP = 86.161.140.182] -
Name:  Willi Watson
Service Number:  RMB 3599
Hometown:  Brighton, now Dersingham, Norfolk
Instrument/s:  Horn
E - mail:  willi.watson@btinternet.com
Comments:

FRANCIS “Taff” JONES, Solo Cornet. 1/56 New Entry Squad.

I am sad to announce the passing of Taff whom I remember fondly from when we served in the Portsmouth Group Band in the very early 1960s. He served on HMS Tiger before coming to Pompey and was a fine trumpet player. Our daily journeys during The Bournemouth Bandstand fortnight (Cat:4 plus subsistence!) through the New Forest in Roger Hammond’s car, singing our heads off in extemporised harmony will always stay in my memory.

His medical condition in his later years entailed dialysis three times a week which he bore with admirable stoicism. Our thoughts are with Beryl and the family.

RIP dear friend.

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