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Message Number: 2491 - Thursday, December 13, 2018 05:23:19 EST
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Posted From: Spain - es.gif
Name:  Michael Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar
Instrument/s:  Spain
Comments:

Greetings to one and all.

Another year has almost passed us by a year older and no wiser.

This year we once again have lost many old friends to the geat massed band where ever it my be.

I would like wish all members still on this most valuable site a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and safe New Year, and add my thanks to Richard for his continued work in keeping it going, to me you are and always will be my friend. To many others you also are my friend, try and visit us in October next Year it would be pleasure to see some of you again. In the mean time good luck good health to you all. Have a great festive season.

Mike H

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Message Number: 2490 - Sunday, December 9, 2018 15:51:34 EST
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Name:  Kevin Stone
Service Number:  E8131392
Hometown:  Kingsbury Episcopi
Instrument/s:  None, I'm Ex RAF
Comments:

My father, Bandmaster John Stone, has recently passed away. I was in the process of the funeral things and saw Mick Hutton's post, and followed it. I am in tears here, I love my Dad, John Stone, He raised me, nurtured me, guided me, My life was a life of the RMB, we moved, we got posted, but we always had the music. My favourite instrument is the French Horn, thank you Dad, thank all you in the RMB bless you. Kevin Stone (Son of the greatest Dad John Stone)

(Webmaster) On behalf of your extended RMB family we are grateful for John's service and his cameraderie. Our condolences are extended to you and your family. Richard.

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Message Number: 2489 - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 14:59:40 EST
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Name:  Jim Mason
Service Number:  RMBx2353
Hometown:  Bedhampton
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

So sad to read about John Stone, we served together in the early 50*s in Manoel Island and the cruiser "Glasgow" in Malta. My condolences to Mauveen and the family.

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Message Number: 2488 - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 11:54:25 EST
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Name:  Noel Crook
Service Number:  RMBx2664
Hometown:  Clifton. Bedfordshire
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

Oh such sad news that John Stone has passed, Served together HMS Phoenicia in the early 50s. My condolences to Mauveen and the family.

Noel

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Message Number: 2487 - Monday, December 3, 2018 16:32:25 EST
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Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  rmb/x 3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

So sad to view the announcements that two of my former Band Members have crossed the Bar. John Stone was B/Cpl in HMS Ganges when I first met him, my having just completed the Cpl's Promotion Course in Stonehouse Barracks, and a soon as John saw my Lance Corporal Stripe on my Greatcoat, he immediately thought that he was relieved of his duties of Corporal of the Mess!

Chris Philpott Cornet and Viola? was in HMS Terror when I arrived out in Singapore, and he lived a tad down the hill from me, in Johore Bahru.

So, thanks to the Editor who has reproduced my Vanished Friend Poem below, (which I had previously entered on my web site of HMS Gambia, so this may already have been viewed by many others in the past?) this illustrates the downfall many of us who fall into if we do not ever attend Reunions, and, I have attended many World Wide, so, I speak with some authority on this subject.

Sad also to hear from my Old Squaddie, Eric Hayward, it has befallen upon him as the Sole Organiser of the Adelaide Reunion. Eric, I wish you well, but also offer my sympathy for taking on a thankless task.



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Message Number: 2486 - Monday, December 3, 2018 12:06:41 EST
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Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Saddened to read Brian’s news re John Stone. I served with John at Whale Island. Many memories to cherish.

Brian please pass on our condolences to all of the family

RIP John

Barry

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Message Number: 2485 - Monday, December 3, 2018 11:50:44 EST
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Name:  michael hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

As another year nears its end so another of our great family has left us. John Stone and I were great buddies, we joined up together, had our first ship together so have been around for quite a few years. John along with Denis Ovenden, Stan Wilkinson, Eric Lee, Barrie Brunt and many others in our band of 24 way back in 1952 were all members of Mountbatten's Flag Ship HMS Glasgow Band - and what a great team we were. I'm sure that Stan & John used to organise the Booze before any football matches the band played in, so you can imagin that we didnt win any !! Just a snipet of great times. Farewell John you were always one of my dearest friends and this is a very very sad day...RIP dear John. xxx Mick.

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Message Number: 2484 - Monday, December 3, 2018 09:50:02 EST
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Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X 3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

A VANISHED FRIEND

Around the corner I have a friend.
In this great city that has no end;
Yet days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year has gone.

I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race.
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell,
And he rang mine.

We were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.

“Tomorrow” I say, I will call on him,
Just to show that I think of him.
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And the distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,
Here’s a telegram; He died today.
And that’s what we get, and deserve in the end,
Around the corner – a Vanished Friend.

Anon.

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Message Number: 2483 - Monday, December 3, 2018 04:50:29 EST
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Name:  Brian Thorogood
Service Number:  RMB3456
Hometown:  ROMFORD
Instrument/s:  Violin and Clarinet
Comments:

It is with great sadness to advise all that John Stone ex B/M my brother in law, has passed away late last night, RIP John.

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Message Number: 2482 - Monday, November 26, 2018 04:35:25 EST
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Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Almeria Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Greetings one and all. With regard to the various Reunions that take place in different places, why do so many people not attend? A very good question you may say, many ex personnel come up with the distance excuse...... WHY?? An unanswerable question?? Many of them are on Facebook and if you are on it they ask to be your friend. I AM your friend, I served for nearly 26 years and we were always friends. Since I retired in 1981 I think I have missed no more than maybe 4 Reunions and these days apart from our web master Richard I travel a great distance, A liitle story, a few years ago at a Reunion I was asked a question, have you seen so and so my answer was he died a couple of years ago! Next comment, Oh I wish had seen him before he died. Simple answer........ get your backsides in gear and come to the Reunions it is NOT painful.

Lastly, like Tony Oliver I too went to Plymouth in Pete Westaway's time and I traveled from SPAIN.

So what is the problem? Answer simple......... cannot be bothered!

Merry Christmas to one and all.
See you next year????

Mike H

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