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Message Number: 2876 - Wed, Jun 9, 2021 14:55:20
[IP = 2.222.251.37] -
Name:  David Tremaine
Service Number:  RMB 3928
Hometown:  Buckingham
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Brian, thanks for the news on Stuart (Tich) McLeod. Do you have a hospital and ward address for him please?

thanks

David Tremaine

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Message Number: 2875 - Wed, Jun 9, 2021 05:29:37
[IP = 86.18.37.224] -
Name:  Brian Thorogood
Service Number:  RMB 3456
Hometown:  ROMFORD
Instrument/s:  Violin/Clarinet
Comments:

Update on Stuart Mcleod,

He has made good progress has been off Ventilator for two days, has managed to say a couple of words if progress continues will be moved out of ICU to normal ward, he still has a long way to go.

Keep fighting Stu

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Message Number: 2874 - Fri, Jun 4, 2021 03:45:21
[IP = 83.34.136.3] -
Name:  Michael Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Greetings to one and all. So nice read the messages from some of the (not meant unkindly) older brigade. Barry, like you I have many fond memories of Gunner, one that I will never forget was in 1958. I was just leaving the dining hall after the evening meal and I saw John standing outside what was then the Cpls Club and he was crying his heart out. I asked him what was a matter he said leave me alone you will find out soon, the reason, the air crash! John was a devoted United supporter, and can you remember us marking out a football pitch on East barracks Parade? Graham and Michael, nice to catch up with you both, re the 1st of June when I was in Deal a long time ago the 50s and 60s on the said day everyone from the band service was gathered up either on the Sports Field or if wet North Barracks Drill shed and there was a complete Fanfare Team there I am not sure who would read the Citation. On the the first of June and then at the end someone would say those immortal words sound the Dedication Fanfare and I ask does anyone know if this happens in todays world if not WHY? I wish you all well and Michael said let's hope the October Reunion can go ahead till we can meet again and swing a few lamps my regards to you all and take care.

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Message Number: 2873 - Wed, Jun 2, 2021 06:02:53
[IP = 109.152.35.204] -
Name:  Michael G Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  Over the Hill
Comments:

Thanks Graham & Barry, lovely to remember both of you and your amazing imputs to this wonderful site. I think Barry we were both at Gunner's funeral some while ago and I do keep in touch with Wendy even if its only at Christmas time. Hope to see you both at the reunion this year all being well.

Graham ...Your info is a joy to read, and if I don't see you both in Deal for our pub get together, and of course The Bandstand Concert in August, let's hope you'll make the October reunion in Pompey. Take care everyone...Michael.

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Message Number: 2872 - Wed, Jun 2, 2021 01:20:24
[IP = 5.80.150.235] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Such an interesting post from Col/ Graham. 12 years ago today my great friend and mentor John (Gunner) Hargreaves crossed the bar.. A large tot of "Pussers Rum", will be quaffed at some stage today. In memory of a great man. R.I.P. John, Always remembered, never forgotten.

Regards to all. Stay safe .

Barry

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Message Number: 2871 - Tue, Jun 1, 2021 06:24:58
[IP = 80.42.193.42] -
Name:  Graham Hoskins
Service Number:  RMBx2687
Comments:

Today, the 1st of June, is a date deeply ingrained in the hearts of older members of our Band Service for from the middle of the last century it was the date each year for Reunion & Memorial Day where those lost in war were remembered. Deal was the venue and the various Messes and accommodations were overflowing with former colleagues who came to be present from all areas of the country. On this day in 1948, at the old wartime camp in Oxfordshire that was then the home of the Royal Naval School of Music a set of fourteen silver memorial trumpets with emblazoned banners, bought through the voluntary subscriptions of colleagues who had lived through the horrors of being at sea during WW2, was dedicated. Leon Young’s glorious and heart-wrenching fanfare ‘To Comrades Sleeping’ was performed by Senior NCOs specially selected for this duty. During the whole of my Service career I made a point of remembering the significance of this date. Members of my FOSNI Band, of whom I remain so proud, will remember being assembled for a brief message outlining the historic importance of the day followed by my buglers sounding a fanfare. The Naval personnel surrounding us at HMS COCHRANE were no doubt perplexed at this unusual annual occurrence but they weren’t proud Bandies remembering the wartime sacrifice of chaps just like themselves just wanting to play music but with their lives snatched away whilst imprisoned in the ship’s Transmitting Station in the bowels of torpedoed ships. I make no apology in bringing this historic fact to the fore on yet another Glorious 1st of June. The memories live on……


Sincerely. Graham.

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Message Number: 2870 - Sun, May 30, 2021 05:30:05
[IP = 86.18.37.224] -
Name:  Brian Thorogood
Service Number:  RMB 3456
Hometown:  ROMFORD
Instrument/s:  Clarinet/Violin
Comments:

Stu Mcleod update,

He has had to be put back on the ventilator and full sedation again as he was struggling to breathe. He has fluid in lungs,and going to have a CT scan to see if it is anything to do with the brain.

We are all hoping he fights on and recovers

Regards Brian RMB3456

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Message Number: 2869 - Sun, May 30, 2021 02:58:11
[IP = 83.34.136.22] -
Name:  Michael Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Greetings to all. A double message today firstly I would like to thank Brian for his updates on Stuart passing it on elsewhere and secondly sad to hear that another two commrades have crossed the bar Bandmaster Brian Oates who was the BM at my time with Chatham Band he was a gent and a fair man, and a couple of days ago the passing of Sid Davis I never served with him but our paths did cross a few times and he was always good company. My sincere condolences go out to both families and to all who had the pleasure to know and serve with these two gentlemen. Brian Oates Sid Davis both RIP you will be missed and remembered by many.

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Message Number: 2868 - Fri, May 28, 2021 02:34:17
[IP = 86.18.37.224] -
Name:  Brian Thorogood
Service Number:  RMB 3456
Hometown:  ROMFORD
Instrument/s:  Clarinet/Violin
Comments:

Update on Stu McLeod,

He has been taken off the ventilator and sedation. He has responded to commands and has shown an improvement, slight movement on left side but none on right side, the next 24hrs are critical as he needs to breathe on his own before further treatment can take place without the aid of the machine.

I am routing for him

Brian

[Editor] ........as are we all!

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Message Number: 2867 - Wed, May 26, 2021 02:16:08
[IP = 86.18.37.224] -
Name:  Brian Thorogood
Service Number:  RMB 3456
Hometown:  ROMFORD
Instrument/s:  Clarinet/Violin
Comments:

Hi all I have more info on Stuart McLeod. He had a stroke down right side and hit his head, he is very poorly, he now has a lung infection and still in coma, his daughter is playing band music and last night I was rehearsing at the RDTC Band where Stuart and myself play and instruct, we did a video recording of messages for him, we all hope he improves and recovers from this terrible thing.

Best regards

Brian

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