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Message Number: 2616 - Friday, September 13, 2019 03:43:52 EST
[IP = 80.225.151.47] -
Name:  Adrian Brett
Service Number:  RMB 3730
Hometown:  London/Folkestone
Instrument/s:  Flute and Piano
Comments:

I am somewhat surprised that there has not been comment on these pages regarding the information supplied by Len Lewry…..that the Royal Marines School of Music is to be no more.

If indeed this is the case then we who are infinitely proud of our alma mater ought to protest in vehement terms. Who makes such radical decisions? If “Royal Marines” is to disappear from the title it is nothing short of outrageous and insensitive in the extreme. Our bands are respected throughout the world, our musical training exemplary. To become the ‘Royal Military Academy of Music’ eradicates our Royal Marine traditions and reputation in one stroke of a pen by someone who clearly does not respect the legacy we on these pages share and express.

If it were to become ‘The Royal Marines and Military Academy of Music’ I could live with that but to excise “Royal Marines” from the title is frankly an insult to what we once were— a musical institution par excellence that we are proud to have attended.

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Message Number: 2615 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 16:08:13 EST
[IP = 146.199.244.242] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMBX3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Sad news indeed of the Crossing of the Bar of Barrie Baker, we shared a Stand as Solo Clarinets in the Far East based in HMS Terror, and HMS Alert.


My Condolences to his Wife Sandra and Family. So glad that I managed a couple of Aus Reunions so Barrie and I had time to catch up on our Corps History and what we did together, like playing in the First Eleven Soccer Team.

RIP Barrie.

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Message Number: 2614 - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 14:51:03 EST
[IP = 90.248.199.8] -
Name:  MICHAEL G HUTTON
Service Number:  Berkshire
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Farewell 'Barrie'..We never served together but of course knew each other as boys and men from the same period.

I met up again with Barrie and Sandra ( A Deal Girl of course) in 2004 when we had a mini reunion in Adelaide way down in lovely OZ with Tom Lambert, Bob Chumley, Eric Hayward and of course Barrie and our girls which has over the last years since that date been a regular event in the Ozzie Sunshine. So Tom and now Barrie have left the quintet and my wife and I are very sad to hear the news and our thoughts are with you Sandra on these sad times. I'm attending the Ripple get together in a couple of weeks time and I'm sure most of the guys and girls there will spend a few moments thinking of you both. RIP Barrie.. One day we will all join you & Tom along with Many Others. Michael Hutton.

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Message Number: 2613 - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 09:22:37 EST
[IP = 86.157.152.192] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3513
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet.
Comments:

Hi Dickie,

Very sad to hear from Eric about Barrie Baker crossing the Bar. Barrie was my last instructor before I was rated in 1959 and together with Colin Tottle and David Parkin they got me through the four years training at the school.

I will forever be grateful to those three gentlemen for the life in music I have enjoyed ever since.

My thoughts are with Sandra and her family.

Rest in peace dear friend,

Mike

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Message Number: 2612 - Tuesday, September 10, 2019 03:06:10 EST
[IP = 101.188.67.125] -
Name:  Eric Charles Hayward
Service Number:  RMX/3051
Hometown:  Kangaroo Flat Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  None now
Comments:

Hi Richard,

Bad news. Our friend of many years Barrie Baker (RMB/X 2040) passed away in Adelaide Australia at 1100hrs today Tuesday 10th September.

When I know anything further I will let you know.

Eric

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Message Number: 2611 - Wednesday, September 4, 2019 20:18:33 EST
[IP = 101.188.67.125] -
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:   Kangaroo Flat Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  None now
Comments:

Richard,

Bad news I'm afraid. I have just this minute spoken with Sandra Baker and she told me that Barrie is not expected to last the week. Today being the 5th September at 11.15 hrs Ozzie time.

This is the only avenue that I have to inform those that know or knew Barrie and I am sure those people would like to be kept up to date>

It is going to be a difficult time for Sandra these next few days so if there are to be any messages that need to be passed on I will do gladly.

Thank you Richard,

Eric.

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Message Number: 2610 - Friday, August 30, 2019 05:45:07 EST
[IP = 79.73.239.75] -
Name:  Leonard Lewry
Service Number:  Hampshire
Hometown:  PORTSMOUTH
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

RIP Royal Marines School of Music.

To be known as Royal Military Academy of Music.....so sad. Sharing with Army.

Logistical nightmare methinks.

[Editor] Say it ain't so! (?)

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Message Number: 2609 - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 15:01:28 EST
[IP = 87.115.50.14] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMBX 3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Hi, noting the entry by David Seed, reminds me of my occasion in Aden, when there was a Bomb explosion in the Cafe which I used to be a customer. That was the Blue Peter Cafe, and having heard the explosion the immediate response was to run to the area of the Bomb explosion, where, I among others assisted in helping the injured into the old Army Ambulance of one such injured person, only to have my thumb trapped in between the slamming doors of the Ambulance, and my thumb still has the split nail to this day.

That was one of the instances where Colonel 'Mad' Mitchell declared Martial Law in Aden, and decreed an Order that if anyone put their head above a Parapet, the Soldiers were to Fire upon it! It was fairly quiet after that.....

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/army-obituaries/5796166/Lt-Col-C-C-Mad-Mitch-Mitchell.html

I regret that I have no knowledge of the deceased Col. Royal Marines.

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Message Number: 2608 - Monday, August 26, 2019 09:36:44 EST
[IP = 92.25.194.74] -
Name:  David Seed
Service Number:  RMB 4084
Hometown:  Preston
Instrument/s:  Flute/Tenor Sax
Comments:

Just read the obituary for Lieutnant-Colonel RA Campbell in todays Telegraph, for those who remember him he was the Officer Commanding J Wing in the mid to late 60's. Commended for his bravery in Aden. RIP

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2019/08/25/lieutenant-colonel-bob-campbell-royal-marine-commended-bravery/

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Message Number: 2607 - Monday, August 26, 2019 09:09:33 EST
[IP = 92.8.64.46] -
Name:  paul thompson
Service Number:  West Midlands
Hometown:  Birmingham
Instrument/s:  sax/violin
Comments:

Have now been in touch with Sandra & Barrie Baker he is now in a nursing home and doing ok, Sandra says she took him down the sea front last week, so let's hope he's on the up & up.

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