RMBx 1655 Musician Sydney Robert (Bob) Dawson
+ 12th August 2003
|further appreciation by David Webster ( 1 2 )
06 HMS Sussex - Painting Ship 1946
10 The Band of HMS St Vincent
It is with regret that I have to inform you of the death on the 12th August 2003 of ex-Musician Bob Dawson after a long illness. He was 87 years of age.
was a "hostilities only" musician. In 1941 he saw
that conscription was coming and volunteered for and was accepted
into the Band Service and joined whilst the Royal Naval School
of Music was based in Malvern. He was already an accomplished
trombone and euphonium player having been in brass bands in
the Nottingham area where he lived. Bob went on to serve in
the bands of HMS 'Shropshire', 'Royal Sovereign' and 'Sussex'
as well as several shore establishments. On the 'Shropshire'
he went on Russian convoys. On the 'Sussex' he was in the Far
East Fleet when a Kamikaze plane, which fortunately for all
on board failed to explode, hit the ship. The 'Sussex' was the
first warship into Singapore after the Japanese surrender. The
ship had no official photographer and, because of his interest
in photography, Bob was sent ashore with the first boat and
took photographs of the prisoners released from Changi Prison.
The rest of the band were sent ashore to assist those released.
Bob went on to play euphonium and trombone with the Nottinghamshire Police Band until he was in his 80's. He was also the band librarian for many years.
After the Deal bombing and the formation of the 'All Stars Band' Bob regularly played at the Margate concerts until his health deteriorated. At one of the concerts he was introduced to the audience as the oldest playing member. He was very proud of his service with the Royal Marines Bands and made some very good friends with whom he kept in touch for many years.
Bob leaves his wife Edith, a son and daughter and three grand daughters. His grand daughters are carrying on the musical tradition and two of them played flute and guitar and sang at his funeral.