Michael J Carrington 1965-2019
Musician
Served 1981-2006

Michael J Carrington was born on Saturday 3rd July 1965. He was raised along with his older brother Paul by parents Derek and Annie (Close) in Trent Road, Shaw near Oldham in Greater Manchester.
Having just turned sixteen, young Michael travelled south to Deal where he met the other members of the large 2/81 Troop of the Royal Marines Band Service on 7th September 1981. They were the first troop that had to undertake the extended initial sixteen-week training. Junior Musician Carrington went on to study the clarinet & viola under the guidance of instructor William Walton and in 1983, he was awarded the clarinet class prize.

After successfully completing training in 1984.. Musician Carrington was drafted to the Royal Marines Band Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) as a replacement for the drafted BSgt Neil Evans. His first excursion with the Band was to Jersey in May 1985 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the islands’ liberation from German forces. Shortly afterwards and the band was off again.. this time for a trip to a bitterly cold Sweden.
It wasn’t long before Mick found love with Dartmouth girl Vanessa Prettyjohns. She didn’t just live near the College.. but literally over the fence in Sandquay Road, just behind Beatty galley. Life got a bit more difficult due to security reasons… the Floaters gate was closed forever and a disgruntled Mick had to drive around!
In addition to all the music and security duties surrounding life at the College.. He fully embraced the sporting facilities on offer.. Mick found time fully committing to the Britannia Snooker Team that played in the Totnes & District League. He had a massive passion for Tennis and entered many of the local events around the town including the annual regatta competitions. He was also a very good cricketer, footballer and keen golfer.. he revelled in the glory of once having a hole in one on the seventh hole of the College course.. he wouldn’t let it drop for weeks! Mick was a winner and absolutely hated even coming second at anything.
Mick was drafted to the Band of HM Royal Marines Commandos (CTC) at Lympstone in 1987 and shortly afterwards he featured with the massed bands in the 1987 Royal Tournament. While he was at CTC.. Mick commuted daily the ninety-miles round trip from his home in Dartmouth.
Mick proposed to Vanessa and they married on 15th August 1987 in the College Chapel at BRNC. They decided to purchase their own property in Ford Valley, Dartmouth, before upgrading to a new home at Redwalls Meadow.. directly opposite the college.
Mick began the climb up the promotion ladder in 1990 when he was selected to attend the Junior Command Course at CTC. Following his promotion, BCpl Carrington was drafted to the Portsmouth Band which included a spell on the Royal Yacht before moving to the Royal Marines School of Music as Instructor. In 1993 Mick and Vanessa took the bold step into parenting when they adopted twin baby boys Jordan & Elliott, before they returned to Dartmouth in 1994. He travelled with BRNC Band to Malta the following year for the Victory in Europe celebrations, then to Cyprus for VJ parades. In August 1996 the band benefited with a trip to Portland Oregon USA for the commemoration ceremony for the Chosin Few. While at Dartmouth, Mick was promoted to BSgt and in 1997 he was awarded his Long Service & Good Conduct medal.

Mick’s time at Dartmouth finally came to an end in 1998 when he was appointed as Volunteer Band Instructor (VBI) at HMS Nelson, Portsmouth.
Following his spell as VBI.. BCSgt Carrington returned to the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth for the second time as the Viola Instructor. He remained at the school until 2006, when his time in the Royal Marines Band Service came to an end after completing twenty-five years of distinguished service. He was a highly regarded instructor within Training Company, a fantastic mentor and guiding light to all those trainees under his charge at RMSM.

In civilian life Mr Carrington continued with his love of music when he became a music teacher in schools located around Hampshire and Surrey.
In March 2013 Mick took time out to return to BRNC for a reunion and to play at the BRNC All Stars Band concert, which was formed to help commemorate 150 years of Royal Naval Officer training at Dartmouth. It was a proud moment in August 2018 for both Mick and Vanessa when their son Jordan passed out of Britannia Royal Naval College as a Midshipman.

The family was devastated when Mick was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and following a lengthy battle of over two years, he sadly passed away at home with his family by his bedside on the morning of 23rd October 2019 aged just 54. His funeral service was held on 6th November at Portchester Crematorium and a celebration of his life afterwards was held at Portsmouth Rugby Club. Donations in Mick’s memory were gratefully received by Rowan's Hospice.

RIP Mick

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