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Message Number: 3029 - Fri, Nov 25, 2022 04:24:29
[IP = 109.148.51.201] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart , now trying a Ukelele!!!
Comments:

Hello all,

Just a quick update on Eric McKone's funeral. It will be at Eltham crematorium at 1400 on Friday December 9th. It would be nice to see any former bandies who live in the area to give him a good send off.

No more news on Frank Dominey yet so I assume everything is ok, or as near as it can be.

Regards, Mike

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Message Number: 3028 - Tue, Nov 22, 2022 11:25:57
[IP = 86.128.72.73] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  I’ve forgotten!,,
Comments:

Hi folks,

A quick update on Frank Dominey, he is still on the RD&E (Exeter) he phoned me last night and asked me to thank everyone who had sent cards and good wishes. He was most touched, probably by a nurse!!
Seriously, Frank is grateful that former shipmates and friends are thinking of him at this time.
He told me that the medics have confirmed that he has three cracks in his pelvis and so it could be a long road to recovery.

Take care everyone and be safe.
Mike

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Message Number: 3027 - Mon, Nov 14, 2022 03:00:21
[IP = 109.146.148.193] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Still retires licorice stik
Comments:

G'day all,

i have heard this morning that Frank Dominey is in hospital in Exeter. He had a fall a couple of weeks ago and has cracked his Pelvis in two places. His wife tells me that he is on Morphine.

If any of his old shipmates would like to send a massage to him feel free to send them through me at the email address above. I hope to get down to Sidmouth to see him later this month.

Kind regards, Mike

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Message Number: 3026 - Mon, Nov 14, 2022 01:24:45
[IP = 81.37.226.79] -
Name:  MIke Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3492
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Greetings to one and all. So sad to read of the passing of Eric McKone. Our paths crossed in the late sixties whilst at Eastney, my most sincere condolences to his family and to who had the pleasure to know and serve with him I will always remember him for his car, a womderful two seater Red MG with wire wheels he kept in pristine condition. Eric McKone gone but not forgotten RIP

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Message Number: 3025 - Sat, Nov 12, 2022 00:58:16
[IP = 89.187.166.23] -
Name:  Paul Collett
Service Number:  RMB3827
Hometown:  London now Wimborne
Instrument/s:  Basses
Comments:

So sorry to hear of the passing of Eric McKone. We served together at Chatham in the late sixties.

We last met many years ago during the Easter Parade in Battersea Park both in different Bands.

RIP

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Message Number: 3024 - Fri, Nov 11, 2022 04:56:37
[IP = 81.135.24.194] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

Hi folks,

I have just heard the sad news that Eric McKone crossed the bar on Wednesday. This came from a former colleague of his when he was in the Met Police Band.

I have no further details at the moment,

Regards, Mike

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Message Number: 3023 - Fri, Oct 28, 2022 12:35:23
[IP = 109.148.51.131] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet (Retired)
Comments:

Thanks Dickie, I wonder why his daughter told me that Horace retired in 1965.!!! Age confuses some people I guess.

Take care,

Mike

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Message Number: 3022 - Fri, Oct 28, 2022 10:31:49
[IP = 109.148.51.131] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clarinet (retired)
Comments:

I was visiting Steyning in Sussex yesterday and got into conversation with a lady, as you do. She told me that her father was a B/M in the Royal Marines. His name was Horace William Ditchfield and joined as a band boy in 1922. Horace retired in 1965. Do any of our older colleagues remember him? I never came across in my service.

Best wishes to all,

Mike

[Editor] Yes he was a buddy of Ron Hempsall according to Terry Freestone's entry in the database. Went to Pension in 1950. Was a BM on HMS Anson.

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Message Number: 3021 - Sun, Oct 23, 2022 04:58:51
[IP = 86.169.110.110] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Beedon, Newbury
Instrument/s:  Resting
Comments:

Had a phone call from one of the guys in the RMA Concert Band to tell me that John Elsley has passed away ! If any of you have further news about him, could you let me know. Michael.

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Message Number: 3020 - Fri, Oct 21, 2022 05:01:26
[IP = 80.44.3.141] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

This day, October 21st 1952, a large group entered the Portals of East Barracks, so it was 70 years ago that we enlisted into the Royal Marines School of Music.

Very few of us remain from that Group as many have Crossed the Bar.

Any survivors from that group are welcome to contact me so that we may try to determine of how many of us are left to tell the tale?

Eric Hayward, Charlie Laws and myself are the only ones who remain, unless you know differently?

Yours aye

Bill

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