Paul R T Smith
Paul RT Smith RMB 3528 was born in 1942 and hailed from East Grinstead in Sussex. He joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1956 as a euphonium and cello player.
Paul was a great admirer of the Cellist Pablo Casals and as a result..
given the nickname Pablo. He was good friends with Willi Watson.. they
would visit each other’s homes when on leave, usually to listen
to their latest LPs of the great works.. often with the score. They
also shared the same room in Neptune house.. and Dvorak’s Cello
Concerto.. always reminds Willi (with a lump in his throat).. of his
long lost friend.
Musician Paul RT Smith was tragically killed in a car accident on the extremely sharp bend at The Sportsman’s Arms which is just outside Dartmouth at Hemborough Post on the Halwell Road. The sad event occurred between January and June of 1966, he was only twenty-four years old.. the dangerous turn which is situated amongst the beautiful rolling Devonshire countryside of the South Hams has sadly claimed many lives over the years.
had recently been drafted from Britannia Royal Naval College to the
Royal Marines Band at HMS Drake in Plymouth and had driven back to Dartmouth
for a run ashore.. (it’s possible that two men may have been involved)..
The lads were socialising in the Market Tavern in the centre of the
town, also out with Paul Smith that fateful night in the Tavern were
lads from BRNC Band: Paul Roberts, John Fawcett, Onge Morris and Eggy
The BRNC band all attended his funeral which was held at the church in HMS Drake.