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Message Number: 2684 - Friday, January 17, 2020 03:26:10 EST
[IP = 92.25.224.159] -
Name:  Leonard Lewry
Service Number:  RMB3859
Hometown:  PORTSMOUTH
Instrument/s:  S. Clarinet
Comments:

With a sad and very heavy heart I have to let you know that it has been announced that our brother John Hill has lost his fight. His life support is to be switched off. I have dear memories of John as a colleague and as a brilliant musician. My thoughts are with Marlene at this impossibly difficult time.

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Message Number: 2683 - Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:50:39 EST
[IP = 86.182.30.176] -
Name:  Dave Lambert
Service Number:  RMB3997
Hometown:  Plymouth
Instrument/s:  Clarinet
Comments:

It is very sad news to hear about George Fenlon. My first memory is going from Chatham to Deal on a "clothing run" to buy a button brush. Quite why I needed so many brushes is beyond me but George was a friend and mentor to us boys straight out of the box.

RIP George

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Message Number: 2682 - Tuesday, January 14, 2020 16:51:25 EST
[IP = 90.248.180.100] -
Name:  MICHAEL G HUTTON
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  Newbury
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Many regrets that I am unable to attend 'Hooky's Funeral and the gathering in the RMA to toast him on his way. My wife has hospital appointments on Wednesday & Thursday this week and its never possible to change these having waited for many weeks. My thoughts will be with Barbara and all you guys who will be there to toast his life and service in the Royal Marines Band Service and the RMA Band. Michael Hutton.

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Message Number: 2681 - Monday, January 13, 2020 21:31:49 EST
[IP = 83.34.25.68] -
Name:  Mike Hickman
Service Number:  RMB 3482
Hometown:  Roquetas mar Spain
Instrument/s:  Bass Trombone
Comments:

My thoughts are with both families in many ways. Firstly Alan and I both joined in January 1956 as very young boys when we had passed from the J Wing event our separate ways until we served together on HMS Hermes for her first commission after that we went separate ways we met on massed band gigs and in recent years at the reunions in Portsmouth, with his wife Barbara who also I have known for many years she was one of the first Wrens to serve at Deal.As for my old mucker George again in the wing but in later years we were at Chatham together and shared some very good times and sometimes we did things we maybe should not have done but we survived to tell the story. I will be attending Hookeys Farewell on Wednesday but unfortunately I don't think I am able to attend for George due to previous circumstances I cannot cancel.My most sincere condolences go to both families and to those who have known both and had the pleasure to have known and served together with them Alan Walker and George Fenlon you will be missed by many and very much by me.Alan and George RiP

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Message Number: 2680 - Monday, January 13, 2020 19:32:56 EST
[IP = 188.29.165.188] -
Name:  David de Gernier
Service Number:  Q004202k
Hometown:  Dundee
Instrument/s:  Piano / Cornet
Comments:

George Fenlon. RIP George. I will remember our time together at Chatham and our many great runs ashore.

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Message Number: 2679 - Monday, January 13, 2020 17:11:08 EST
[IP = 74.67.27.133] -
Name:  RICHARD VALENTINE
Service Number:  RMB 4069
Hometown:  Preston
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

On Wednesday there will be the interment for Alan 'Hooky' Walker at Barham as posted elsewhere on this site. Alan and I never served together but his name was and ever shall be one that as long as those who knew him survive, be echoed with fondness. Since meeting Alan likely at a reunion of long ago he was kind, courteous and humble and whenever we since met it was always a pleasure and memorable experience. Some years ago when I was 'gate crashing' the 56rs reunion in the RMA Deal, Alan confided in me about his prognosis which of course I was sad to hear but assured him that I would keep him in my prayers.

Alan had since that time fought a long and stoic battle and with the love and companionship of his wife Barbara who we rarely ever saw without being arm in arm with her best friend/husband. The anecdotes already shared are just a few of so many by his friends and colleagues from his time in the RMBS and on that note I should remind what I'm sure will be a huge compliment at his services that we are celebrating, not mourning a life well lived.

Today we learnt of another brother, George Fenlon left for that vast massed band and orch' in the blue beyond. I had met him for sure a few times at past reunions and once again we were an era apart to serve together but for sure we both experienced similar paths of those times of a vast RN fleet and shore establishments at home and abroad.

I encourage you to go to the front page of this site and in the page's actual 'search engine' below the Notice Board link you should enter 'Alan Walker of course utilising 'Hooky' to be thorough and as there appears to only ever have been one Fenlon you will find plenty of links and images of both of them.

Fond memories and may Alan and George rest in peace. See you in the countermarch. Condolences to their families and friends.

Dickie.

I have an address for Joan Fenlon and Barbara Walker for those who want it rather than it be posted here.

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Message Number: 2678 - Monday, January 13, 2020 15:54:11 EST
[IP = 92.29.87.152] -
Name:  paul collett
Service Number:  RMB3827
Hometown:  WIMBORNE
Instrument/s:  Basses
Comments:

So sorry to hear of the passing of dear old George Fenlon. I last saw him at a Margate All Stars Concert. Many happy times with George and others at Chatham in late 60's


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Message Number: 2677 - Monday, January 13, 2020 11:14:16 EST
[IP = 5.80.144.139] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

'More sad news I'm afraid.

George Fenlon passed away earlier today. Just heard the sad news from his Wife Joan.

Such sad sad news.

Will pass on more details when I have them.

Barry Radford

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Message Number: 2676 - Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:50:32 EST
[IP = 5.80.144.139] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB 3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard,

Sadly Heather and I are unable to attend the Celelebration of dear Alan Walker's life this week in Barham, but we will be thinking of you you all, especially Barbara and Family.

We have sent a donation to the Deal Bandstand Fund in memory of Alan. I personally have such great memories of a great man. Alan "rest in peace" . You are a great guy and you will be sorely missed.

An honour to have known you.

Barry Radford

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Message Number: 2675 - Friday, January 10, 2020 15:31:08 EST
[IP = 194.53.185.49] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

To any of our Band Service and any former Crew of HMS Gambia, I wish to thank any of you who attended the Funeral of former Royal Marine Reg Wilcox, where hundreds appeared to support the family of Reg. I believe the Standard of the HMS Gambia Association also attended amongst the many other Standards seen in the Video in this report. Please click on the Link below.


https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/full-st-marys-church-watton-for-royal-marine-reg-wilcox-funeral-1-6458718

Yours aye,

Bill Hartland

www.hmsgambia.org

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