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Message Number: 2560 - Thursday, April 18, 2019 09:02:41 EST
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Name:  paul thompson
Service Number:  rmb 3710
Hometown:  birmingham
Instrument/s:  sax/violin
Comments:

just a quick note about our Jack (Malpass) i was with him in Terror in '62 and bought his car.

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Message Number: 2559 - Wednesday, April 10, 2019 00:52:17 EST
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Name:  Eric Charles Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:  Kangaroo Flat,Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  None now.
Comments:

Hi Richard,

Well it's been and gone so to speak, that is / was the Adelaide Reunion. So report follows.

Numbers for this years Adelaide Reunion were a tad short, with a number of members now undertaking Chemo so they were not in any condition to be attending. Some of those chaps said that they really would like to join but their situation would not in any way allow this. We of course understand completely.

There were a number of members who had promised to join us this year but other problems made their attending out of the question. Such as being in the the Defence Force Bands as duty always calls.

However, as Richard already knows, one member, Roger Walker decided to avoid the function altogether by trying a different approach and dived down the stairs, resulting in a broken neck and being placed in an induced coma on life support. Whilst under he was operated on and neck bones were fused. He is fortunately on the mend and is quite cheerfull about the whole affair.

So we were down to just a handful.

Tony Oberdries from New Zealand, with his lovely wife Pat, Syd Pavitt from Perth Western Australia, myself, Eric Hayward with my better half Jan. As I can no longer drive and Jan is almost as old as I, we were very kindly driven across from home in Bendigo Victoria to Adelaide by Jan's neice Kim who then made up the group on our table.

The usual toasts were proposed to Her Majesty, Absent Friends and our new Captain General.

As the numbers are now small and so many of those who have promised to attend fail to do so on so many occasions it is now left up to anyone who thinks it is worth continuing, to give it a go by assisting me with the organisation. The consensus re continuing or not was, for those who do join us at the Military Tattoo in Sydney Australia 17th - 19th October 2019, will make the final decision as to whether Canberra will be the better venue for the possible 2020 reunion.

It's been good for fifteen years and I thank all those who have made the effort to join us from such large distances as the UK and NZ

As for myself I will attend if I am able.

Regards to all those serving and who have served.

Eric


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Message Number: 2558 - Saturday, April 6, 2019 21:52:38 EST
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Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  008
Hometown:  Earth
Instrument/s:  Who cares!
Comments:

I can't tell ya!

How fulfilled I am having taken the bull by the horns to reach out to Roger Walker who was only a 'name' to me when I was in Junior Wing and throughout my service since 1965 and here we are, today, 2019 and a zillion miles apart and I call him!

Thanks to Eric Hayward .............same zillion miles over the water..............it just rang and Roger picked up! He broke his neck, but he's going to be ok. What MORE can I say than I have been totally immersed in conversation with a great guy who I never served WITH but as is always the case, someone who had to aspire to the same standards and wear the same uniform. Roger conveys his good will and thoughts to those who know him.........his number is on Eric's message..............so easy to do..........give him a call and it matters NOT whether you knew him..................RMBs know all RMBs period!

Sorry to bore you................but really? Break your neck................and call Roger............he broke his!

Dickie.

PS: Oops..........I may be a litle inebriated but it's all good.

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Message Number: 2557 - Saturday, April 6, 2019 21:07:52 EST
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Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMBX3051
Hometown:  Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Instrument/s:  None now
Comments:

Latest on Roger Walker

sunday morning in Aus.

He is able to chat on phone

Number is 0498 694 718 I inadvertly supplied wrong number in original message

he has come on in leaps and bounds and hoping to get home soon but still a long way to go despite him getting out of bed and walking against nurses orders but that's Roger

Am sure he would love to hear from some of his old mates

Cheers

Eric

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Message Number: 2556 - Friday, April 5, 2019 09:59:29 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  Berkshire
Hometown:  Newbury
Comments:

It's a while now since the loss of Peter Heming! Has anyone news of his funeral? If and when it was? Some of us would have liked to have paid our respects to a lost comrade.. Mick.

[Dickie] I'm sorry Mick, and Ian Epps another who is just as miffed that the communications channel failed YET AGAIN with Peter's funeral taking place quickly and for the life of me I cannot recall who it was who told me so. Seemingly very 'hush hush'.

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Message Number: 2555 - Thursday, April 4, 2019 04:57:32 EST
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Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMBX3051
Hometown:  Bendigo Victoria Australi
Instrument/s:  None now
Comments:

latest up date on Roger Walker

Fell down stairs, broke neck, out of coma, serious and a long way to go

Spoke with his son but actually managed to speak briefly with Roger himself

said he is very very sore. No other news

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Message Number: 2554 - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 15:26:03 EST
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Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Hi all. Following the memorable 2016 gathering of the class of '56 in Deal, Barry Radford and I have decided that it would be a spiffing wheeze to have another one to celebrate 65 years of memories. So, I have booked the RMA club in Deal on Saturday April 24th in 2021. This will be the last time we will get together as a year group so PLEASE, if you know of ANYONE who joined up in 1956 get the word out. As last time, Sue Cornish will provide a super buffet for our delight. Timings and other details will follow nearer the date.

Please email me so that I can get the ball rolling with your contact details , email, mobile or landline. No excuses like "I'm doing my hair", always assuming you have some!!! Come on down and spend a weekend of memories by the Kent seaside. You know it makes sense.

Best wishes to all,

Mike 3512

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Message Number: 2553 - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 11:07:36 EST
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Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X 3050
Hometown:  Congresbury, Somerset.
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart and other Wind Instruments.
Comments:

Hi all,

Well a damper put on my 59th Wedding Anniversary on the News that my one time discussion mate, Jack Malpass had crossed the bar, and, now, Roger and his accident.

Peter Heming comes to mind that in 1953 we both received Prizes at the end of term so to speak, so, I will seek out the programme guide which was published for Parents Information, if I am correct in my assumption, then that may be a link to his RMB/X Number?

Best Wishes to the Aus Reunion, and, wish that I could have joined them once again.

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Message Number: 2552 - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 01:57:26 EST
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Name:  Eric Charles Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X 3051
Hometown:  Kangaroo Flat, Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  None now.
Comments:

Richard, I have just received sad news by way of Syd Pavitt that Roger (Mr, Universe) Walker has had a serious accident and is in intensive care in hospital in Sydney. He has been in a Coma and on life support.

This info was passsed to Syd by Roger's son Matt and after I talked to Matt a few minutes ago he has asked me to let all in the UK who know/new Roger.

I don't do that other @!#%& site FB but if anyone who does and reads this then please pass on above message.

Good wishes can be sent to Rogers son by ringing 0489 694 718.

Sad start to reunion weekend .

Cheers Eric.

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Message Number: 2551 - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 08:38:33 EST
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Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  EUPH AND CELLO
Comments:

Dear Richard,

I've just read on the brass band web site 4 bars rest, of the passing of Jack Malpass (trombone) such sad news, I served with Jack at HMS Raleigh with Bandmasters, Jim Bearman and Bill Plock.

Regards and sympathy to Morag and family. RIP Jack, thanks for the memories

Barry

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