Trevor J E Davis 1950-1989
Trevor James Edward Davis was born on Friday 15th September 1950 in Bridgnorth Shropshire, the beautiful medieval town on the banks of the River Severn. He was the second son of parents Charles and Lilian, following Raymond and was born at the time when the world was focused on the beginning of the Korean War.
A relatively old recruit at nearly seventeen, Trevor made the long trip to Deal to join the Royal Marines Band Service on 5th September 1967, as a member of 3/67 Troop and trombone player under the instruction of James Kay. He hadn’t been in Deal very long, when in 1969 Trev married Carol Jenkins in the district of Dover, the couple’s first child Sean was born in 1970.
Following his two years in training in November 1969.. Musician Davis was given a first draft to the Royal Marines Band Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland based at HMS Condor in Arbroath. Trevor spent four years in Scotland initially under the leadership of Bandmaster Fred Matthias and made frequent trips to Northern Ireland throughout the troubles. In 1971, Carol gave birth to a second son Adrian while north of the border.
was then drafted to the Royal Marines Band HQ Commando Forces at Stonehouse
in Plymouth, under the baton of Captain Wally Shillitto. The highlight
of his time with the band was the three-month bicentenary tour of the
United States in 1976, when the band managed to visit forty-two states.
He would also have been involved in many of the Decca label recordings
of the seventies that the band produced.
was selected to attend the Junior Command Course (JCC) in Sept/Oct 1978
Davis returned to Deal in 1980 to take up the position of Trombone Instructor
at the Royal Marines School of Music. He also travelled to Toronto for
the Canadian National Exhibition that year and on a day off.. went with
a group to see Niagara falls.
was a keen woodworker and a very good snooker player, he could often
be heading in the direction of the Corporals club in lunch break for
a quick frame.
Trevor Davis sadly died in the cowardly attack at Deal Barracks on 22nd
September 1989... he’d just turned thirty-nine years old.