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Message Number: 2817 - Saturday, January 16, 2021 14:57:54 EST
[IP = 120.148.58.165] -
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X 3051
Hometown:  9 Spencer Drive, Kangaroo Flat, Victoria, Australia
Instrument/s:  One time Bassoon Holder/ Bass Drum.
Comments:

Dickie this is a message for those members who may have known or may even have served with Ray (Taff) Taylor.

Having spoken to Ray's wife Jenny yesterday she told me that he is not doing too well at the moment. Ray has battled the dreaded Big "C" for quite a few years now but has remained cheerfull throughout.

However perhaps if anyone would like to pass on any good wishes I am only too able to help and can be reached at the above addresses.

Cheers to you all and be safe,

Eric

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Message Number: 2816 - Wednesday, January 13, 2021 13:58:29 EST
[IP = 86.18.37.224] -
Name:  Brian Thorogood
Service Number:  RMB 3456
Hometown:  ROMFORD
Instrument/s:  Clarinet and Violin
Comments:

Well I hope all are well and safe, I wish all ex bandies a very happy new year, I went down with Covid 19 on the 20th December and was quite ill, lungs are not very good at the moment and am back on antibiotics for another 7 days, I hope no one gets this virus it's very scarey.

Good luck and health to all guys I know

Brian Thorogood

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Message Number: 2815 - Monday, January 4, 2021 11:49:53 EST
[IP = 77.234.43.148] -
Name:  Noel Crook
Service Number:  RMBx2664
Hometown:  Clifton. Bedfordshire
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

So sad to hear of the passing of John Buberle we served together on HMS Tiger 1962-63

My condolences to Jill and the family.


RIP.

Noel

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Message Number: 2814 - Friday, January 1, 2021 10:58:46 EST
[IP = 185.52.145.78] -
Name:  David Mutter
Service Number:  RMB 3814
Hometown:  Royal Hospital Chelsea
Instrument/s:  Euph/Cello
Comments:

Dear All,

Let's hope that this year will be a joyful and rewarding year when we can all feel comfortable; so I wish you a Happy New Year! I would also like to mention 1/61 New Entry Squad on the 60th anniversary of joining the RMBs 2nd January 1961.

Mick I have noticed we nearly have the same digits in our roll call number!!!

Regards to all

David

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Message Number: 2813 - Friday, January 1, 2021 05:29:49 EST
[IP = 88.6.123.193] -
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

As I sit and watch the concert from Vienna I would like to wish all members of our family that is the RMB, you and your families a Happy New Year let us hope that things will turn out better in 2021 and we can once again meet and share our past experiences. As I write this I especially would like to send special greetings to those members of the 1/56 Squad that joined on the 3rd of January 1956 65 years ago on Sunday. It is a shame that our Reunion later this year had to be cancelled let us hope that we can get together one day and enjoy time together again. To all past and present take care and stay safe.

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Message Number: 2812 - Thursday, December 31, 2020 04:49:57 EST
[IP = 90.242.156.171] -
Name:  Michael G Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cell0
Comments:

Just a bit of sad news to inform those who might remember him. Bob Rawson phoned me yesterday to let me know that a very dear friend had left us. Cliff Bull had been ill for some time but was unable to make it to the New Year. He alongside Bob, Dave Rice and 'Greasy' Wilson (never did know his first name) and myself joined at Burford January 1949. We were moving up from the London Nautical Training School formally TS Exmouth, to become Royal Marines Bandsmen. There were of course many boys from the LNTS who joined the RNSM, far too many for me to mention but there is a picture on my life site if any of you wish to check out some familiar faces. Happy New Year to you all and stay well. Mick Hutton.

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Message Number: 2811 - Wednesday, December 23, 2020 15:06:58 EST
[IP = 120.158.199.146] -
Name:  Eric Hayward
Service Number:  RMB/X3051
Hometown:  Kangaroo Flat Victoria Australia
Instrument/s:  Once a Bassoon holder.
Comments:

Dickie: Firstly thank you for your call. New York and Victoria, Australia were never so close.

Now may I wish all of those who do make contact through this site the very best wishes for this very different Christmas. I feel for you, I know that it will be difficult for a lot with seperation from families.

I also wish all those who are now serving in the best Band Service ever and of course all those ex Bandies everywhere the same best wishes.

Let's hope that 2021 will bring better times for all.

Be carefull, be safe, and good luck to you all.

Cheers Eric.

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Message Number: 2810 - Monday, December 21, 2020 04:29:47 EST
[IP = 5.80.145.161] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richrd,

super posting by your good self. How truly fortunate we all are to have served in such a great thing as 'OUR Beloved Band Service.' Many great friends have once again left us this year. But they, as those who have gone before them. Will never ever be forgotten.🙏🙏

Both Heather and I send Seasons Greetings to all.

Take care be safe

Barry and Heather

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Message Number: 2809 - Sunday, December 20, 2020 21:31:29 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  Richard Valentine
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Proud Preston
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

I feel I must add to the commentary regarding our loss of a really nice fellow and colleague. The best band service in the world, The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines was lucky and was our great good fortune to have John Buberle as a member who served with more than merit.

There is a ten year divide between myself and John's time but I will never forget my first draft to HMS Excellent where John was one of so many friends that I made including if I am correct, Jim McLaren, 'Spud' Taylor, 'Ollie' Aldridge..............all tromboners. Those of you who know your way around my ex RMB website will know that John shared some great memories with us and as long as I am able, I shall continue to ensure that his and the countless other great memories are 'online' for us all to enjoy.

Time never stands still but I (only did 11 years including training) cannot forget the immense joy and privilege of what was literally given to me as my experience of at first, a gunnery school draft and all its connotations, then HMS Eagle ...........her final commission and then to be sent to Eastney and be chosen to be a fellow musician to accompany HM Queen Elizabeth II on HMY Britannia on various voyages.

Our numbers continue to dwindle but it's yet more important that those of us who survive also continue to keep memories alive so in closing I wish you all ............ex and serving RMB musicians and Corps of Drums a peaceful, happy Christmas.

We surely MUST all meet again IN that countermarch.

Dickie.

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Message Number: 2808 - Sunday, December 20, 2020 05:21:41 EST
[IP = 88.17.51.26] -
Name:  Michael Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas de Mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

I am so sad to read of the crosssing of the bar of John Buberle. Like many others I knew him well I also had the pleasure to sit alongside in the third seat on Bass Trombone with Dave Hough sitting on the first in the early 60s before my move to Portsmouth. He was a lovely guy to know always ready for a chat and very rarely a cross word. My most sincere condolences go to all of his family and to all in the RMB who had the pleasure to know and serve with John.

JOHN BUBERLE RIP Gone but not forgotten.

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