Fred Brisley (Deceased)

Hi Richard,


I knew Fred Brisley in 1950 when he was a B/Cpl and used to poke fun at Glory band being the first in the new-fangled RMSM kitted up with the "bootneck" rig of collar-dogs & broad red stripes. Every time we went in to the M Company dining room in the old J Block North Barracks he used to call out "Gobble gobble gobble" in reference to the then custom of Band ranks referring to Booties as Turkeys, and telling us to go to China. "Yes Fred, that`s just about where we`re going", we replied.

He was just about finishing his 12 and then entered the RAF Central Band where he progressed to WO, being awarded a MBE.

So, his RMB detail:

RMB/X 772 B/Cpl Frederick B Brisley, joined 48 squad around 1934-5. He may have been an oboist, (Solo Clarinet according to Tom Lambert) but I can`t be sure of that. Ships include Gloucester 1939-41 ( he must have been drafted off before the sinking), and Nigeria. A real old "character". God bless him.

All the best

Terry (Freestone)

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