Reunion 2005 - Photo Album
'The Memorial Trumpets of the Royal Naval School of Music'
Photo's courtesy of Patrick Hill
The War Memorial Silver Drums 1914-1918 and The Roll of Honour.
Every member of the RNSM donated one day's pay towards a Memorial to comrades who had died in the 1914-1918 War. The Memorial comprised a set of five silver side drums and a wooden bass drum. Each silver drum carries the following inscription: 'In Memory of the one hundred and forty-three WOs, NCOs and men of the RM Band Service who lost their lives in the Great War, 1914-1918, whilst serving in the following ships and theatres of war: HMS Bulwark; HMS Monmouth; HMS Inflexible; HMS Lion; HMS Natal; HMS Invincible; HMS Indefatigable; HMS Queen Mary; HMS Cornwallis; HMS Vanguard; HMS Glory; HMS Monarch; HMS Carnarvon; HMS Caesar; HMS Princess Royal; HMS Britannia; HMS Conqueror; Drake Battn, RND Gallipoli; West African Frontier Force. Presented by voluntary subscriptions from their comrades'.
The bass drum has the name of the one hundred and forty three men upon it.
drums were dedicated and presented at a parade held on the 5th March
1921 when some four hundred men of the School of Music were present.
Following the inspection the RMA Chaplain conducted a short religious
dedication. After a brief speech the Adjutant-General handed the drums
to the RNSM percussionists and the band marched through the ranks prior
to the National Anthem being played. The Roll of Honour, also paid for
by the men of the Royal Naval School of Music, comprises four massive
oak panels richly decorated with the Service crest surmounted by the
Admiralty coronet with a carved laurel decoration and a scroll with
the carved motto 'Sans Peur et Sans Reproche'.
Massed Bands were paraded before a dais bearing the Book of Remembrance
and the stands bearing the Memorial Trumpets. During the Dedication
Service the Commandant General read the Lesson and the Book of Remembrance
was blessed. All ranks were called to attention and, in the silence,
the School Chaplain handed one of the trumpets to the Chaplain of the
Fleet for Dedication. 'In memory of those who gave their lives in the
service of their country'. The Commandant received the trumpets and,
with the Musical Director, handed each of them to those who had the
honour of receiving them on behalf of the Royal Marines Bands. On the
command, a moving fanfare was sounded. 'The Spirit of Joy and Thanksgiving
for Victory, and Meditation for those who gave their lives in its cause'
known simply as 'To Comrades Sleeping' and composed by Leon Young, a
wartime survivor of HMS Hermione. The Musical Director then passed responsibility
for the 'Act of Memorial' by the Massed Bands of the Royal Naval School
of Music to Lt W Lang. What followed was an original marching display,
designed by Lt Lang, which became the pattern for Beating Retreat on
Horse Guards Parade.