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Message Number: 2757 - Sunday, August 2, 2020 10:05:34 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  4069
Hometown:  Preston
Instrument/s:  Yeah
Comments:

After a tele' with Derek Usher over matters concerning our oppo Jem Tugwood, I took it upon myself to call Chichester St Richard's hospital where Jeremy is actually in Donald Wilson House rehab.

I found the number and 'hey presto' it was Pam who picked up from his room phone and after careful vetting on her part gave me over to the ever eloquent Jeremy for a chat. We had a lovely few minutes discussing his recent stroke and his memory and ability to talk is unimpaired, he is hoping soon to be able to leave the facility to go home and continue his recuperation.

The subject of the reunion came up and his excitement of the prospect is clear so I can guarantee he will be there all being well.

I'm sure that many of us who know Jem will want to reach out to him in support and perhaps a mid morning attempt would be good as this afternoon he was a little tired but still happy to hear from an old friend.

Donald Wilson House tel: 01243 788122

Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, PO19 6SE

Best to all
Dickie.

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Message Number: 2756 - Sunday, August 2, 2020 09:04:35 EST
[IP = 90.248.68.34] -
Name:  Michael G Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX 2638
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Mike has just mentioned good wishes to Jem and I go along with that of course having just glanced at the Band photo HMS Thunderer (RNEC Manadon to most of us) where the two of them are stood alongside each other. Wonderfull days when both were at the begining of great careers.Get well soon Jem and hope to see you at the reunion in October if of course it takes place. Best wishes to all and stay safe. Michael.

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Message Number: 2755 - Saturday, August 1, 2020 12:00:27 EST
[IP = 86.130.122.160] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne (ex Lancing)
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

So sorry to hear about Jem Tugwood. We were both in Neptune House as we came from the same part of Sussex. He from Worthing and me just a couple of miles away in Lancing.

We had a house officer by the name of Lieutenant Patterson Knight, known by the boys as PK or GAISBY.

There was a cartoon in one of the daily papers at that time called "The Gaisbys", hence the nickname. PK owned an open top Allard car and a dog called Joey, which he used to throw out of the car as he drove through North barrack gate with the cry of "Chase me Joey". Completely bonkers!!
Anyway, I am sure we all wish Jem all the very best with his recovery, keep smiling mate.

Mike

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Message Number: 2754 - Saturday, August 1, 2020 04:58:54 EST
[IP = 5.80.144.69] -
Name:  BARRY Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Sad to read the Ush the Lush report on Jem. Served with Jem on HMS Tiger.

Thinking of you Jem. Do as you are told and all will be well🙏. Regarding the 'Stair Lift'. Go for it. It will make your life and the ones that love you so much easier. Had mine for years. At the top of the stairs, I have a wooden plinth with a Yard of Ale glass on it with the opening bars of "A life on the Ocean Wave" carved into it. Great to be greeted by this when reaching the summit �️. Wishing you a very speedy recovery Jem.

Barry Radford

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Message Number: 2753 - Friday, July 31, 2020 15:05:05 EST
[IP = 151.225.189.176] -
Name:  Derek Usher
Service Number:  rmb3645
Hometown:  Pompey
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Fiddle
Comments:

Just received a call from Pam Tugwood to tell me that her fella, former C/Sgt Jem Tugwood had a stroke 12 days ago and is currently recovering well, (Thank God!), in Chichester Hospital. She says he hopes to be out soon as he is now progressing as well as could be expected. Only his balance when walking is directly affected at present, so naturally he has to be very careful. However, in good time it is hoped that will to return to normal. Pam told me that she has the builders in currently making a special walk in shower for him at home and also a "Stannah lift" is being considered regardless of Jem's comment "Over my dead body!!" - Typical Jem of course! I think we all understand how it must feel to suddenly be considered an invalid. It no doubt hurts a lot for sure and to what it must mean to such an otherwise fit man. However, - "Pride before a fall" springs to mind Jem! Best to obey the Missus methinks!! No fun risking a fall down those stairs! eh!? - I'm sure that those of you who knew and served with Jem on the Yacht or otherwise will want to wish him well and the speediest of recoveries! 😊 See you at the reunion Jem!!?


My first encounter with Jem was when we were inliers on Whaley.........it was a great new friendship that will never wane. You'll pull through Jem......we all know you all too well. Dickie.

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Message Number: 2752 - Monday, July 13, 2020 04:02:57 EST
[IP = 79.67.101.187] -
Name:  Graham Hoskins
Service Number:  RMBx2687
Comments:

https://youtu.be/FaJPt4sv6W8

What a way to start my day! I have just listened to this astoundingly talented Japanese child which took me right back to when I was fourteen and about to have my first violin lesson with a professor at Deal. When I approached his door - with huge trepidation, he was playing like this child as a way of starting his day. He had previously been a solo violinist touring the country’s theatres and I was a young boy from Wallington, Fareham in prickly new uniform and short haircut facing the necessity of learning to play this violin thing that I had been issued with. That professor, his name, I remember, was Mr. Williams, had the patience of Job. He explained that I had to learn to do more than one thing at a time. Violin in one hand and bow in the other he demonstrated in a way no youngster could forget, and I haven’t, by singing the tune of the National anthem whilst simultaneously playing an accompanying part on his violin, switching the room’s light on and off with his right elbow against the wall-switch and pushing his shoes off and putting his feet into his slippers. All these tasks were done at the same time and equally managed. That was lesson number one for me in January 1950. I had joined at Burford in Oxfordshire six months before but there we had no professors only uniformed instructors members themselves of the Royal Naval School of Music that I had joined. Moving the School to Deal brought with it a new system where civilian professors were employed as tutors of music. A great improvement as you can imagine and I and my colleagues benefitted from it hugely.

With sincere wishes for continued health for us all in these uncertain times. As ever, Graham.

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Message Number: 2751 - Wednesday, July 1, 2020 13:21:13 EST
[IP = 90.248.6.21] -
Name:  MICHAEL G HUTTON
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Newbury
Comments:

Sad news yet again to hear about David Cole's wife and of course the loss of Colin Bowden another great member of the Band Service from way back. Our thoughts of course are with the families of both, as we all know the support that wives and children have given to all of us through the years. Michael Hutton.

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Message Number: 2750 - Tuesday, June 30, 2020 04:35:15 EST
[IP = 79.67.101.187] -
Name:  Graham Hoskins
Service Number:  RMBx2687
Comments:

Dear Colleagues,

I have learned with great sadness that Colin Bowden BEM, former Portsmouth Drum Major, died this morning at his home in Malvern, Worcestershire. He had been suffering with Alzheimer's for many months in the care of his wife Jean to whom we send our sincere condolences. He was a well respected leader the pinnacle of whose career was probably leading the Massed Bands at Wembley in 1966 when England won the World Cup. He was a valued RM Corps historian and a true gentleman. He subsequently served as an RNRM Careers Officer in the rank of Lieutenant before becoming an area manager of National Car Parks.

Yours ever, Graham

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Message Number: 2749 - Monday, June 29, 2020 04:52:43 EST
[IP = 86.166.255.102] -
Name:  geoff hill
Service Number:  qoo3807h
Hometown:  exeter
Instrument/s:  euph/cello
Comments:

It is with great sadness that I wish to inform you that Karen Crofts died last Friday after a short illness.She was the ` larger than life` American wife of ex-Corps Bugle Major WO1 Andy Crofts MBE and,along with Andrew, will be sorely missed.

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Message Number: 2748 - Sunday, June 28, 2020 16:47:16 EST
[IP = 86.164.148.144] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

Dear Dickie,

It is with great sadness that I have to report that David Cole's dear wife, Jan, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning. She had been ill with dementia for the last few years and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her.

RIP Jan.

In sorrow,

Mike

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