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Message Number: 2579 - Monday, June 24, 2019 09:10:59 EST
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Name:  Colin Bath
Service Number:  RMB3750
Hometown:  Plymouth
Instrument/s:  Cornet Trumpet
Comments:

Can I share my sadness of the news of Bill's passing I last saw him at a w/country Reunion, he never changed and rightly so, we had some great times together and I shall always remember him with affection, we helped each other return to base on many occasions, times when it would be nice to return to days gone by.

Rest in Peace, Good night and God Bless You xx


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Message Number: 2578 - Sunday, June 23, 2019 09:02:49 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  Newbury
Hometown:  Berkshire
Instrument/s:  Euph 'n' 'Cello
Comments:

Sad to hear of the loss of Eric Gaze – I remember him well from HMS Gambia days way back in 57/58 when we were based in Trincomalee Ceylon the old East Indies Station. (B/M was Doug Haigh and B/Sgt the dreaded Dan O’Connell.) I think Eric was probably the youngest member of the band of 18 at that time and he didn’t know ‘aft from for'ard’ or ‘port from starboard’ – but he learned very quickly. As the only Cpl of the mess deck and in charge bellow decks I teamed him up with ‘Shacks Prince’ (the oldest member of the band) and our two solo cornets of course, for cooks and other below decks duties. I think he learned quite a lot on that commission. One quite humorous asset Eric possessed was he was able to sleep standing up while leaning against the bulkhead! even when the ship was rolling!! We never met again after that commission, but I’m sure he was a great asset to all Bands in his career. I hope to attend his memorial in Plymouth.

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Message Number: 2577 - Sunday, June 23, 2019 05:35:43 EST
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Name:  Graham Hoskins
Service Number:  RMBx2687
Hometown:  Deal
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Last evening I was privileged to attend the first of annual Trevor Atwood Memorial Concerts featuring the youngsters of Kent’s Shepway Brass Academy together on stage with Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band.

Trevor was never one to over-orchestrate his achievements or feelings but he would have been immensely proud of his family last evening who came together to further his constant aim to involve young people in the art and enjoyment of making music. I congratulate them on ensuring that Trevor’s legacy, his celebration of life, will be one of great lasting value. Such deserved recognition surely comes to very few. They will stand tall and be pleased at the outcome of Trevor’s widow Alyson’s initial idea of a trophy to be presented annually in his memory. Unique in design and concept it was presented for the first time last evening. Indeed, it is a reflection of Trevor, my remarkable colleague and friend.

Graham.

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Message Number: 2576 - Saturday, June 22, 2019 17:22:04 EST
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Name:  David (Trog) Tremaine
Service Number:  RMB3928
Hometown:  Buckingham
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

So sorry to read of the passing of Bill Sabine. Bill and I, both being Cornish were very good friends both at Lympstone and Stonehouse. I well remember helping him move into a tiny cottage in the village of Ide near Exeter when he first got married.

Bill was a product of Penzance Silver Band and was an excellent cornet player with his own 'brass band' style. As already mentioned, he and Ginge Bath made a great team in the Plymouth Band. There are many stories that can be told about Bill but perhaps now is not the time. I lost touch with him when I was drafted back to Deal in 1977 but did catch up with him at one West Country reunion and he hadn't changed at all.

May he rest in peace.

David (Trog) Tremaine

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Message Number: 2575 - Friday, June 21, 2019 14:01:36 EST
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Name:  Roy Hallin
Service Number:  RMB4079
Hometown:  Portsmouth
Instrument/s:  Bassoonish
Comments:

Hi Dickie

So so sorry to hear of the passing of young William Sabine.

I took over Bill's bed in room 15 in the wing, when he and Tad Marriott, departed to their new adult life....also served with Bill in Plymouth Group Band. There were many great talented players within this band, and Bill and Ginge Bertie Bath were a cut above, and very funny guys.

This world is going to be a sadder place without Bill around. My condolences to Bill's family


Roy

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Message Number: 2574 - Thursday, June 20, 2019 16:06:06 EST
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Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard

Saddened to read of the passing Of Bill Sabine. Last saw him at a West Country Reunion, but served with him at Whale Island. A superb Cornet player and brilliant guy.

R.I.P Bill. Condolences to the family

Regards

Barry

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Message Number: 2573 - Thursday, June 20, 2019 11:34:55 EST
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Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMBX3050
Hometown:  Congresbury, Somerset
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Oh dear another member of the former Plymouth Group Band has left us.

This on the eve of my next hospital admission too.

My condolences to his Family and Friends.

Rest in Peace Bill.

Bill Hartland.

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Message Number: 2572 - Monday, June 17, 2019 05:10:22 EST
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Name:  Ray Lloyd
Service Number:  RMB 4067
Hometown:  Exeter
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Viola
Comments:

Thanks Mick, I appreciate your message & email and sorry Dickie I should have thought to look there but I was just thinking bandies on here not those also associated with us!

Stan will be pleased

Ray

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Message Number: 2571 - Monday, June 17, 2019 04:22:44 EST
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Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMBX3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Very sad news to see that another ex-Gambia Band member of the Last East Indies Commission has crossed the Bar., that being Erik (Tubby) Gaze as he was more familiarly known to so many of us.

Last saw Erik at a West Country Reunion in Plymouth, where I believe he was working as a Taxi Driver/Proprietor?

If I am able, I would wish to attend his Funeral.

My condolences to his family and immediate friends.


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Message Number: 2570 - Sunday, June 16, 2019 04:07:01 EST
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Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  Berkshire
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Regarding Major Martin Pound. He was the Company Commander of J wing in Burford of course way back certainly when I joined in January 1949, and remained so when we moved to Deal in 1950. A charming man and very pro the Band Service. Son of a Naval Admiral, fantastic cricketer and hockey player for the Corps and also the Navy. There are a couple of pictures on my life story of him with the Boys Cricket Team cica 1951, and the Nunber 5 Comandant General's Squad early 52 I think. Regards to all...Mick.

[Webmaster] Yes indeed Mike and we thank you for pointing this out and may I remind everyone reading this that the 'Find' search engine on main page and Notice Board will lead you to at least the three references to Major Pound.

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