I was a General Duties Corporal at the Depot Deal from 9 Feb 1964
- 6 May 1966. During that time I was a house NCO in J Wing and your
website brought back some memories. I took some Junior Musicians and
Junior Marines to Scotland in the winter for outward bounds type training.
Lt Ross, Lt Grant and Lt Dutton were the wing officers. I also took
part as a marker for the beating of retreat in London in 1964 under
Lt Col Dunn this was said to be the biggest RM massed band ever for
the Corps 300 anniversary in front of Prince Philip.
I also took some Junior Musicians with Band Sergeant Martin Boggs
to Vienna and Luxembourg. Before 1964 I was with 42 Commando in Singapore
and Borneo during which time I took some photos of the band. The one
on HMS Loch Killisport is also one of my stories on http://www.onceamarinealwaysamarine.co.uk/
After Deal I qualified as a PWI and went to Aden and then to Commando
School Lympstone as an Instructor before leaving the Corp in 1971
after two tours in Northern Ireland. I attach four photos which may
be of interest.
I have fond memories of Deal
John (Bill) Bailey
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