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Message Number: 2957 - Mon, Jan 24, 2022 07:37:22
[IP = 176.35.35.32] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

A Happy 80th Birthday to my Squaddie Ray Grant. Ray and I met at Derby Recruiting Office on 13 February 1956. Ray was just 14 and 3 weeks I was 15 and 3 months. We were taken to a B&B courtesy of the recruiting office, and the land lady Said "there is your room, do not come back before 10 pm.". (( would it happen in these days??)). The next day we travelled down to Deal and the rest is history. Ray purchased his discharge in 1966?? Joined the Manchester Police Band. Then when that disbanded he transferred to CID retiring on pension as Dectective Inspector. We are still in touch.Welcome-to the club Ray, love and best wishes, Barry Heather and Spenser .

regards to all,

Barry

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Message Number: 2956 - Mon, Jan 17, 2022 02:37:11
[IP = 95.144.76.231] -
Name:  Brian Short
Service Number:  Q004468Y
Hometown:  Deal
Instrument/s:  Percussion
Comments:

Good morning,

Firstly, I am writing to thank Graham Hoskins for his generous and heartwarming review of my book, 'The Band That Went To War'. [see the front page 'a book review' ]

It tell the story of us RMBS members who went to the Falklands war in the Spring of 1982. Having stuck my head above the parapet and written a book for and about my own peer group, it is with some trepidation that I finally did hit the send button and commit it to print. However, with reviews like Graham's and other who have read it, it seems the book is being welcomed into the Royal Marines family in general, and the band service in particular. Thank you Graham.

Secondly, the reason for writing the book is that at each of Stonehouse's mini reunions there were fewer of the Falklands veterans as age catches each of us in turn, to the point where nearly a quarter have passed the bar. I thought it was important to get our small but important story written down before it was too late. You might also have a story that needs recording, so i would suggest do it sooner rather than later.

And finally, a shameless plug for the book in case you were wondering where to get it. Pen & Sword are the publishers. Waterstones may have it. At the MFM's in March or you can get a signed copy from me if that suits you better?

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Message Number: 2955 - Sun, Jan 16, 2022 03:05:51
[IP = 86.170.18.197] -
Name:  Michael George Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  Valve Trombone in the Garden !
Comments:

Many years ago when teaching and conducting Brass Bands in Yorkshire I transcribed the Grieg Piano Concerto for Brass Band as at that time there was only the first movement available by Dennis Wright when I had a run through with a pianist and Black Dyke. We're having a clear out at home and I've passed on lots of music books to the local library, but still have the Brass Band hand written transcription of the Grieg - Two Full Scores & Two sets of Band Parts. If any of you know anyone who might be interested in having them perhaps you could give them my email address. PS... There may be one or two of you who may remember many years ago in Canada when on tour with Sir Vivian we did a performance of the Greig Concerto in an airforce hanger with a National Service guy playing the piano, and there were quite a few notes missing... Fred just said to him..Never mind,,Just miss those bits out !!!!!!!!! Take care all of you. regards Michael.

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Message Number: 2954 - Sat, Jan 15, 2022 03:49:05
[IP = 86.170.18.197] -
Name:  Michael George Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX 2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

My thoughts are with all Stan Hacking's family, regret I am unable to attend his funeral.

I have been trying to contact David Johnson (Euph & Cello) but had no luck since he moved to the West Country. If anyone has an address or phone number perhaps you would email me. Many thanks. Michael.

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Message Number: 2953 - Thu, Jan 13, 2022 03:02:38
[IP = 92.238.236.40] -
Name:  Ray Lloyd
Service Number:  RMB 4067
Hometown:  Exeter
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Viola
Comments:

The funeral of former Band Colour Sergeant Stan Hacking BEM, will take place at the Exeter & Devon Crematorium, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 6EU at 11.30 on Friday 11th February.

This will be followed by a wake at the Devon Hotel (Carriages) Matford, EX2 8XU, to which everyone is invited.

It would help with catering if you could let me know if you intend joining us for the wake.


Space at the crematorium is limited (approx 100 inside) there is room outside weather permitting, but it is planned that a memorial concert will be staged later in the year,

Ray

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Message Number: 2952 - Thu, Jan 6, 2022 08:11:59
[IP = 5.80.146.9] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and ‘Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard

Such sad news to read of Stan Hacking crossing the bar. I served with Stan in CTCRM. Stan was such a lovely lovely person. A true gentleman. Such a sad loss.

Our thoughts are with Ann and family .

RIP Dear Stan. It was my honour to serve and know you.

Barry

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Message Number: 2951 - Thu, Jan 6, 2022 06:40:35
[IP = 92.238.236.40] -
Name:  Ray LLOYD
Service Number:  RMB 4067
Hometown:  Exeter
Instrument/s:  Cornet/Viola
Comments:

It is my very sad duty to inform you all that former Band Colour Sergeant Stan Hacking B.E.M. passed away this morning.
He was a very dear friend of mine, we knew each other for over 50 years and will be greatly missed.

If you wish to send messages of condolence you can do so through me or the postal address is: Mrs Ann Hacking, 4 Clyst Holt Avenue, Exeter, EX2 7TQ


When funeral arrangements are known I will post them here, so those who wish to attend can do so.

Stay safe everyone,
Ray.

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Message Number: 2950 - Tue, Jan 4, 2022 08:56:06
[IP = 172.100.199.85] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston (originally)
Instrument/s:  Piano - Clarinet
Comments:

MIKE WEBBER - Deceased 18 December 2021

Mike’s wishes were for “no fuss”, no formal service or mourners. Instead, he wanted a Direct Cremation., where no family or friends attend.
I appreciate that some friends and family find this difficult, but I will abide by his wishes. I am sadly still awaiting a date; with Christmas and New Year holidays, together with Covid, arrangements are taking longer than usual.

The family hope that we can have a get together in the better weather, when we will raise a glass and no doubt share many stories of Mike’s life and his ways.

Irene Webber

[Webmaster] Of course those of us who knew Mike whether you served with him or at a distance, will have mixed feelings about his final wishes. We must respect them and whether we are alone or in company of old friends and comrades, raise a glass and celebrate his long life. For me, my own life is enriched for the privilege and friendship with Mike. From his band corporal days in the mid-sixties at RM Depot to the days when he was Bandmaster at CinC Nav Home - Eastney (Royal Yacht) and where I last served with him and in actual of fact saw him. Sorely missed. Rest in Peace dear friend. Dickie. (aka 'young man' per Mike)

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Message Number: 2949 - Mon, Jan 3, 2022 02:46:14
[IP = 83.34.196.77] -
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

Belated Happy New Year to all on this site. Firstly my sincere condolences to to the family and all who knew and served with the late Paddy Weeks he was the Bugle Major during my time at Chatham.
Paddy RIP

Now 66 years ago on this date a group of 14 &15 years old lads entered the portals of the RMSM East Barracks Deal to start a long and happy life in the Band Service some made it into a career some did not and some failed but life went on amongst those I can remember, Mitch Booth, Terry Rodgers (now Puttrell) Vic Wood others escape me and those I can recall who have crossed the Bar Eddie (Scouse) Bretherton, Rodney Williamson, Alan (Hookey) Walker any I have not mentioned am sorry I am sure that those still with us well. Hopefully there will be some events or Reunions i can get to in the mean while Best Wishes to all stay safe.

Regards to all

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