I learned last night at a masonic meeting in Wrotham of the death of:
RMB/X 2168 Staff Bandmaster Ian Stretton Walton LRAM on 19 November
Ian joined in 90 squad in 1944 as a Euph & Cello, was Bandmaster
in LION in about 1960 and would have gone to pension around 68 or 9.
He had lived in Chatham for many years and worked at the BAE works at
Rochester airport. His wife died about 5 or 6 years ago, a son died
tragically by his own hand, and Ian suffered from dementia in the last
few years, moving into a nursing home for his final years. I understand
there is a daughter whom I shall try to contact; until I can get more
info the whole story is murky.
I shall attempt to contact the Almoner of his Chatham lodge and find
out more detail in the next few days.
It is extremely sad to think that one of our own was laid to rest wihout
any of his Band Service brethren being present to pay tribute. More
when I have anything, until then, thank God our bands did us proud at
the Baroness Thatcher funeral today.
Best regards Terry Freestone