David J Butler (Gordon) 1953-2020
J Gordon was born on Saturday 10th October 1953 in Hailsham, East Sussex.
He was educated at Hailsham Secondary School on Battle Road.
David Butler travelled to RM Deal where he joined the Royal Marines Band Service as a Junior Bugler on 8th October 1969. He was a part of a talented forty-strong 3/69 Squad that included Junior Buglers Trev D’Arcy, Geordie Renwick and future Corps Drum Major Mick Saywell.
Butlers’ first ship was the light cruiser HMS Blake.. he sailed
onboard her in 1971 for a trip to the United States and West Indies
(including Bermuda) along with fellow Bugler Derek ‘Taff’
Butler then spent some time with the Royal Marines Band HMS Ganges at
Shotley in Suffolk.... -1973- the main training establishment for naval
On 8th January 1980.. Bugler Butler was promoted to Cpl Bugler at the same time as Jack Barker.
In 1982.. Cpl Bugler Butler was drafted to the Royal Marines Band Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) at Dartmouth, he certainly made his mark in the band.. always at the forefront of any dressing up by the Corps of Drums during concert extras. He transformed into Santa for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ during the festive concerts in the Caspar John Hall and at the Festival Theatre in Paignton in 1982... he was also one of the four legged friendly buglers during the regular featured piece.. ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’.
in 1982.. Dave married for the first time to Denise Langworthy, they
occupied a married quarter in the college before buying their own house
at Ford Valley in Dartmouth that they shared with their airedale terrier.
served at BRNC for six-years until 1988 when he moved on to the Royal
Marines School of Music Staff Band.
a very brief stay at Raleigh Band.. Dave made a reasonably quick return
to Dartmouth in 1989. He made the enjoyable trip to Hamburg in the same
year, to accompany the visit of HMS Illustrious. He followed it with
an even more memorable trip when the Corps of Drums flew out to Toronto,
where they partook in the 'British Show'. Trips to Paris for the British
Embassy and Oslo for the visit of HMS Ark Royal were also added to his
would never try and shy away from any type of trip away or even a parade
in the college.. he was always at the forefront of anything that the
Dave retired from the Royal Marines Band Service on 10th October 1993 following twenty-two dedicated years. As part of his Extra Vocational Training he decided to take a crash driving course and test, a necessity for his any future employment. Dave moved to nearby Totnes when he left the band service.. and later separated from Denise.
In 1995 he joined the team at the Torquay branch of the RSPCA and employed as an animal collection/driver... he was in the post for four years. It was while he was there that he met Kath she worked there too and their relationship took off.
Dave’s career path took another turn in January 2000 when he gained employment with Colebrook South West Ltd as an Outreach Support Worker based in the Millfields building on Union street in Plymouth. His role would have entailed working with vulnerable people.. helping them to develop their independence, skills and realise their goals... (sounds like Dartmouth Corps of Drums!)
Dave ventured into married life for a second time when Kath agreed to become his wife. They wed at Oldway Mansion in Paignton on 29th September 2001, the building was used as council offices and for civil marriage ceremonies until 2013.
and Kath decided to go and live over the channel in Magnac-Laval.. a
town in central France, they decided to make the move for a new adventure
and the prospects of good fishing.
Dave suffered for a good while from multiple myeloma, which is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell.. he undertook various treatments to try and combat the disease including chemotherapy. In 2019 his myeloma was starting to show signs of improvement when on top of that he developed clinical meningitis.
and Kath were due to move house at the end of May 2020 and didn’t
foresee what was about to happen.. David’s health rapidly deteriorated
as a result of the myeloma.. He sadly passed away on 25th May 2020.