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Message Number: 3111 - Wed, Feb 28, 2024 04:08:51
[IP = 90.205.224.143] -
Name:  Billy Walker
Service Number:  RMB4336
Hometown:  Great Mongeham
Instrument/s:  Horn
Comments:

Very saddened to hear of the passing of Bert Farlow. He was the DOM of Commando Forces Band Plymouth from 1977-1982, culminating in his retirement from the RMBS. He was a superb Boss and as so many others have already said, a real Gentleman. Bert and I performed 'Spanish Horns' at his dining out in the Officers' Mess Stonehouse Barracks, the first time he'd picked up his Horn in many years!

In Honoured Remembrance, thank you for the memories.

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Message Number: 3110 - Tue, Feb 27, 2024 08:58:28
[IP = 86.189.185.100] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols. Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard

I like many others are sad to read that Bert Farlow has crossed the bar. Bert was my Bandmaster 1963 -1965 . Firstly on HMS Belfast then we moved to HMS Pembroke Home Fleet Band. What a gentleman Bert was it was an honour and my privilege to serve with Bert.

RIP Bert many happy memories

Barry

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Message Number: 3109 - Tue, Feb 27, 2024 07:46:04
[IP = 81.140.238.139] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  Resting
Comments:

Sad news to see the loss of Bert Farlow, yet again another great member of our famous Band Service. When I joined way back in 49 ! Bert was the senior boy and Dave Elliot the Section Leader, and they were the two guys who were to show us the ropes during that first very cold winter. Over those first few months both Dave and Bert were invaluable in helping all of us new guys how to cope with life in the RNSM as it was called then. Farewell Bert.. Look forward to seeing you both in the countermarch. Michael.

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Message Number: 3108 - Tue, Feb 27, 2024 06:04:27
[IP = 79.79.145.10] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Very sorry to read of the passing of Bert Farlow, who passed me for my M3 in the Heads of the Band in HMS Drake.

Another Gent has left the Stage?

Kind regards


Bill

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Message Number: 3107 - Mon, Feb 19, 2024 02:42:59
[IP = 81.140.238.139] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  rmbx2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  resting
Comments:

Hi Roger, that's good news...If I give you my mobile number perhaps we could organise a way to obtain both recordings.. Many thanks Michael..

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Message Number: 3106 - Sun, Feb 18, 2024 04:24:15
[IP = 5.69.185.144] -
Name:  Roger Philip Smith
Service Number:  RMB 3597
Hometown:  Ripple, Deal
Instrument/s:  Solo Clarinet
Comments:

Hi Michael,

I was solo clarinet with Derick Holder on the Guildford gig and just happen to have two copies of the record "Pomp & Circumstance". I also have two copies of "The Royal Marines play Sousa". If you need that one as well. That was done with "Fred" about the same time.

I will always remember the Guildford gig as on the way home I didn't feel well. The next day the Doc. said "Mumps! take three weeks off". I reported to you in the band office, you kept your distance and said take an extra week off!!! Do you remember? Cricket balls always come to mind!

All the best to all, That are left.

Roger Smith

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Message Number: 3105 - Fri, Feb 16, 2024 11:49:44
[IP = 81.145.252.153] -
Name:  Michael Hutton
Service Number:  RMBX2638
Hometown:  NEWBURY
Instrument/s:  Euph & Cello
Comments:

Evening all, hope all is well with everyone.. I'm off to the Albert Hall in a couple of weeks to see and hear what the new PDM has to offer. My son Simon will be escorting me to make sure I don't cause any trouble ! Hope I might see some of you there. PS...I have a request...Is there anyone out there that was in the Staff Band for Viv's last gig in Guildford Cathedral probably 1968ish where we made a recording? I'm quite certain that I never had a copy of that particular record.....So looking forward to some help or even a copy of that particular disc fom any keen helpers. See you in the AH,,,Michael....

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Message Number: 3104 - Tue, Feb 13, 2024 23:25:18
[IP = 86.189.185.100] -
Name:  Barry Radford
Service Number:  RMB3507
Hometown:  Meols.Wirral
Instrument/s:  Euph and’Cello
Comments:

Dear Richard, 68 years today. 2/56 Squad joined the finest Band Service in the World. We think just 3 of us left. Ray Grant Mike Tellick and Myself .

RIP Mick Bromley Jonny Couch Mark Ashton John Standen John Cowdry Bob Steven's Chaz Pelling and many more.
regards to all . Ray and Mike enjoy your day. Memories ���

Regards

Barry

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Message Number: 3103 - Wed, Feb 7, 2024 13:40:20
[IP = 92.6.211.152] -
Name:  Bill Hartland
Service Number:  RMB/X3050
Hometown:  Congresbury
Instrument/s:  Solo Clart
Comments:

Tampa on Friday 17th 2024, this notice was published, showing the names of those chosen after audition, to take part in the Honors Orchestra in the Gulf Coast High School. The only Viola player selected was my grandson.

If only Mike (Taff) Webber were still with us I am sure that he would have been very proud that my grandson had followed the advice of Taff who was the only one to answer my request for help with advice on learning to play the Viola.

Kind regards to all.

Bill Hartland

PS. My grandson is American by birth, hence the spelling of Honors.

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Message Number: 3102 - Sat, Jan 27, 2024 09:41:05
[IP = 86.165.136.69] -
Name:  Mike Tellick
Service Number:  RMB 3512
Hometown:  Sittingbourne
Instrument/s:  Clart
Comments:

Hi all,

I attended the funeral of Ian Epps on Thursday afternoon along with Lewis Sykes and Merve Durrant. It was a lovely service led by Ian's niece who is a Vicar. I guess there were about 50 people there to give Ian a good send off. The Bugler sounded the Last Post, it was note perfect (why wouldn't it be), thanks sticks.

We retired to a pub for the wake where Merve regaled us with sea stories and memories. Lewis very generously offered me a bed for the night saving me from driving back from Selsey to Sittingbourne in the dark, eyes ain't what they used to be.

Hoping all is well with everyone,

Mike

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