is with great sadness that I inform you of the peaceful passing
of my father Dennis Charles Hartley, Ex Royal Marine Bandmaster,
RMB X 717 on Tuesday 30th November 2004 at the age of 85 years.
joined the Royal Naval School of Music in October 1934 as a band
boy, his 15th birthday being September 29th 1934.
service record shows he joined H.M.S. Dorsetshire in August 1937
as a band boy leaving June 1941 as a Musician. Dad was stationed
at H.M.S. Cabot in Bristol from August 1941 until April 1942 in
which time he met my mother who was serving as a WREN Steward.
Dad also served on various ships including the Sirius May 1942
- July 1944, when he married my mother at West Cliff On Sea, also
on H.M.S. Mauritius and H.M.S. Liverpool.
left the Royal Marines in August 1959, when he moved with my mother
and their seven children to a village named Chilcompton in between
Bath and Wells in the then County of Somerset, to a position at
Downside Public School in near by Stratton on the Fosse teaching
music and musical instruments where he worked until his retirement
his time in the village he set up the local Ladies Choir and ran
this for 18 years as well as part time teaching at local comprehensive
schools where he ran school bands and taught wind instruments
to many children.
will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.
let me know if you would like anymore information on his life,
Hartley (number 6 of 7).
anyone out there is not yet aware, Dave Stockham rang tonight
to inform me that Paul Moody (ex
Yacht Band to name but one) passed away very suddenly earlier
this week. This naturally for anyone that knew Paul has come
as a tragic shock with the awful irony that Paul himself had
been particularly concerned about his brother Gary who has been
very ill recently. So much so, it is unlikely that he will be
able to make Paul's funeral on Tues next 16th Nov.
For any of you that can make it, I'm sure that his family would
very much appreciate your presence in joining them at Portchester
Crematorium 3pm. I'm quite sure that one or two of
his old Oppo's will have some very good memories of Paul that
they may want to share. RIP "Moods" old mate.
everyone who knew my Dad Paul Moody, I would like to thank you
all for your very kind words. Dad was always talking to me about
his life in the 'Band' and I have lots and lots of memories
of his 'band life'. I am and was so proud of him being a member
of what I call the best military band in the world. Though my
dad has passed, his enjoyment of big band music and the band
will not, because it will live on in me and my family, and I
shall pass it onto his much loved granddaughter Charlotte, who
he loved so, so much.
When he was unable to play his sax/clarinet anymore he kept
them so that his Charlotte (should she want to) could take them
up and hopefully his musical talent will live on in her.
you all so much.
Fallace - 29 Dec 1903 - 07 Oct 2004
I attended the funeral in Deal of Jim Fallace, a very remarkable
fellow. Son of a serving Marine he was born in the barracks
at Deal on 29th December 1903. He died 7th October 2004 at the
age of very nearly 101.
got into the Corps himself as a boy by joining the Royal Marine
Light Infantry as a Bugler/Drummer. After 'transferring to the
ranks' his war service was spectacular and included being taken
prisoner by the Japanese and being torpedoed by a US ship when
being transported as a prisoner. He saved himself by swimming
three miles to the Chinese shoreline from where he trekked 1400
miles to a border where he was able to cross and return to the
fray. As well as serving in the Corps, and becoming a Royal
Naval boxing champion, he became a colonial policeman and rose
to the rank of Chief Inspector and he also served at one stage
as a Lieutenant in the Indian Navy.
order to remain close to the Corps he eventually became a much
respected Steward and MOA at the Officers Mess at Deal from
where he eventually retired. These are just a few facts that
I gleaned from the words spoken at his funeral and get nowhere
near telling the full story of this remarkable man. Suffice
it to say that his coffin was carried by eight stalwart former
Royal Marines SNCO's and Regimental Sergeants' Major and the
congregation at St. Saviours Church included Lieutenant General
Sir Martin Garrod KCB, CMG, OBE, DL, a former Commandant General
of the Royal Marines.
coffin left for Deal cemetery to the sound of the Leon Young's
Band Service Fanfare, 'To Comrades Sleeping'. This had been
a memorable occasion for our Corps family.
would like to report that Doug Saunders, a former RM Bandsman/Bugler,
has passed away. He was aged 79, and his funeral takes place
at the Vale Crematorium, Stopley, Luton, on Wednesday 13th October
2004, at 14.30 hrs/ 2.30 pm.
Doug was an active member of the HMS Gambia Association, and
he was such a nice man who will be sadly missed by all those
who knew him. The HMS Gambia Standard will be paraded at the
funeral. Doug was of the Olde Schoole, who failing to get himself
called up by the Navy or Air Force, he upped his age by two
years, and enlisted in the Royal Marines! Following initial
training he was drafted to HMS Gambia where he soon found himself
in the British Pacific Fleet, under the Royal New Zealand Naval
White Ensign, where he served up to an including representing
the Royal Marines and New Zealand Navy at the Surrender of Japanese
Forces in 1946.
In my capacity as a Police Officer in Exmouth
I have a lot of unpleasant duties to perform. It came as a great
shock to me when I was tasked recently to find the family of a
male found to be deceased at his home in Plymouth.
reason I was so shocked was that until I started speaking to the
people at the address I was given, I was not aware that the deceased
person was an Ex Bugler Les Griffin.
passed away sometime at the end of August
FUNERAL OF LES GRIFFIN WILL BE AT WETON MILL CREMATORIUM, PLYMOUTH
AT 1500HRS ON FRIDAY THE 1ST OF OCTOBER 2004. HOPE THAT ANYONE
WHO KNEW "GRIFF" WILL SPARE THE TIME TO ATTEND AS HE
HAD SPARSE FAMILY WHO HE HAD LOST TOUCH WITH FOR MANY YEARS IT
WILL BE A SHORT
SERVICE AND HIS ASHES WILL BE GOING TO HIS SISTER SANDY WHO WILL
BE ATTENDING THE FUNERAL
WE CAN GIVE HIM A DECENT SEND OFF
"Hooky" Walker - 18 August 2004
am sorry to have to inform you of the passing of David "Hooky"
Walker (Solo Cornet) aged 56 on 18 August 2004. I first met up
with him when we both served in the C in C Western Fleet Band
under the direction of the late Captain Peter Sumner. He was a
most excellent player both in military band and orchestra but
his greatest forte was in the dance band. He had the ability to
get, with ease, notes higher on the trumpet than could be produced
on the clarinet, he also was able to dash out an arrangement on
the back of an envelope if required.
On leaving the service he played in several bands and theatres,
including the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. I met up with him when we
were both teaching in Stamford, he being full time at the boys
school and me part time at the girls school. Later on when the
schools amalgamated he held the post at both schools. He came
up to Grantham on occasions to assist my colleagues and me with
He leaves behind his wife Janet and two sons Christopher 25, and
Richard 21. A memorial service is to be held for him at the Stamford
school on 26 September.
Gooderham - 10 Sep 2004
Schooley rang me today to say that Geoff Gooderham had died, he
had been in hospital with lung cancer.
funeral arrangements are: Monday 20th September 1230 at Wincanton
Crematorium. This will be followed by a memorial service in Wincanton
Church at 1400.
I am sorry to report that my Dad, Ex RM Bandmaster Eric "Crash"
Peters RMBX 1130 sadly passed away on December 26th 2003 aged
80 Years, after a short (but spirited) fight with cancer. He was
a very proud man and none more so than of his 16 years service
with the Royal Marines Band - which he joined as a boy of 14 in
1937. Dad served on a number of ships and these are listed on
his Certificate of Service as; Impregnable, Indomitable, Duke,
Bermuda, Swiftsure, Pembroke, Ganges, Vengeance, Glasgow, Phoenicia
and of course School of Music between all of these. I just about
remember living in Malta with the family when Dad was posted there
in 1952. He never spoke much about any of his wartime experiences,
but I do know he lost RM Band colleagues in action on the "Indom"
and he always remembered them with sadness.
leaving the service he was involved with the Territorial Army
Band, The March Railway Silver Prize Band and The Skymasters (Tenor
Sax and Clarinet) before being the inspiration behind the re-formation
of The Ely City Military Band in 1962. Music was never far from
his thoughts and his gentle influence means that music remains
an important part of our extended family.
had many photos and I just picked out a few. I know he had a really
good time on the Glasgow and in the picture (marked - small band
combination, Glasgow, Trieste, June '52), Dad is far left playing
Tenor Sax. There is also a picture of him in his full "regalia",
being introduced to The Princess Margaret (in his Territorial
Army days) and one taken on his (last) 80th Birthday - note the
badge on his Blazer!
Bandsmen from Ely City Military Band played at his funeral service
and he was taken out of the church to the stirring strains of
"A life on the Ocean Wave". A RM Bugler played the Last
Post at his graveside - a fitting tribute to a fine man and father
whom we miss very much.
have already had emails from ex colleagues following the obituary
in "Blue Band" and the family would like to thank everyone
for your kind words and thoughtful support. I will be replying
to all of you personally. Sadly, Mum also passed away just 5 weeks
after Dad - we think she couldn't go on without him.
would like to inform all readers of the death of ex Bd/Sgt Terry (Shady)
Lane RMB 3823 1961-1987 Tenor Sax/Vln. Terry died after a short illness
on June 29th.
James Meelings Reynolds
November 1927 - 12 June 2004
on images for full view
home from the funeral of Wilf Reynolds. This picture (smiling for the
camera only) of ex R M B 's are Dave Ibbotson Trom Max, Vince Harris Bassoon,
Joe Simms Alto in front of Alf Smith Trom and Dave Pierson Cornet and
is with much regret that I have to inform you of the passing of Les Jordan
on the 1st June 2004 after a prolonged illness, which he suffered stoically.
I knew him for many years both as a personal friend and also as a band
service colleague, having served as his Band Sgt. aboard the Newcastle.
I can assure you that a more genial and likeable person would be hard
to find. Professional in every respect. His passing is a great loss to
everyone who came in contact with him.
Matthias 1933 - 2004 by Alan Whalley
legend Fred Matthias has died, aged 74, after a brave and prolonged battle
with increasingly painful and debilitating illness. But the spirit of
the former Royal Marines bandsman will live on among several generations
of local musicians who came under his expert tuition.
recently as last year, Fred still had four local school bands under his
baton - representing the latest in a succession of youngsters who first
learned how to purse lips on mouthpieces of brass and silver instruments
as Fred lent an educated ear and dispensed advice in his quiet, measured
was brought up in the Daubhill district of Bolton but always regarded
St Helens, where he had lived for decades, as his real home. And St Helens,
especially within its social and musical circles, was a grateful beneficiary.
keen to unearth, nurture and promote the musically gifted, bachelor Fred
selflessly volunteered his services with judging panels at countless talent
shows, including Theatre Royal events and the St Helens Star's own youth
competitions, culminating in on-stage appearances at the St Helens Town
from Stainton Close, Moss Bank, was also well known for his weekly Band
Call column which appeared in the St Helens Star for a number of years
will recall seeing Fred - of the clipped military moustache and shock
of swept-back hair - immaculately attired and with baton skilfully whisking
the air as his St Helens Concert Band performed at various local functions.
These included legendary charity garden parties staged by the late Lady
Mavis Pilkington, and various fetes, parades and concerts held in and
around St Helens.
of St Helens Concert Band, John Henderson said: "This is most certainly
the end of an era now that Fred has gone. He was a real character, who
had a hand in everything."
of his musical talent led to a Europe-wide network of friends whom he
used to regularly visit up to recent times. But St Helens was his real
oyster and Fred was especially proud to be closely associated with the
Citadel arts centre and with local ex-Servicemen's groups who benefited
from his enthusiasm and organisational skills.
Matthias' tune may have ended...but the melody still lingers on.
Dollery - May 20th, 2004
passed away on 20th May at Ballina, Northern NSW having lived there for
approx. 25 years. He played clarinet with the Ballina Shire Band until
6 months before his death, and was a dedicated volunteer to all the district
school bands, repairing the kids' instruments for over 20 years.
I was at a concert around 10 years ago when a little girl from the Primary
School Band came up to him crying. Someone had sat on her clarinet and
it snapped in two. He just said "Leave it with me little darling
and I will have it fixed for you in no time". David was always seen
riding his bicycle with trailer from school to school picking up instruments
for repair, and a feature was done on him in the local newspaper a few
He worked for Boosey & Hawkes in Sydney when he arrived in Australia
(year not known, but obviously post WW2) when they were in George Street
upstairs not far from the Town Hall. He came in contact with many service
personnel from bands and was the chief instrument repairer for B&H
Australia. He retired to Ballina around 1979 when he would have been 60.
His wife died a few years ago, but I'm not sure of his personal family
A grand daughter played in the Ballina Band with Dave until she was married.
Her name was Kim.
A great bloke who was real good mates with the late Frank 'Lobby' Lunn.
I think they both joined in 1936.
Courtesy of Jim Hawkins (Australia)
Whitehouse - April 29th, 2004
The attached photo was sent to me by Joe
Simms who recently heard of Roger's passing. The picture was taken
on their wedding day, and is sent to you with condolences from the old
RM Band in, HMNZS Philomel 1957/60. Glenda was a RNZN Wren, and should
she get hold of this message I will be happy to pass on, and reply to
Joe and all Roger's friends here in NZ.
Meantime if this could be published it will be much appreciated.
am sad to report the death of Roger Whitehouse yesterday 29th April. He
would have been 66 years old.
remained musically active playing clarinet, bass clarinet and keyboards
in the Broadstairs and St. Peters Concert Band, the Marlowe Concert Band,
Railway Swing Band, Beverley Big Band and of course, the All Stars Band.
was not able to play in this years concert but attended so that
he could say goodbye to his friends as he knew he only had two months
of his life left.
The widely respected wind instrument teacher and writer
Peter Wastall has
died of leukaemia aged 71. For more than 25 years Peter was an advisor
to the music publishing company Boosey & Hawkes. More than half a
million young people have learnt to play their instruments using Peter
is known worldwide for his integrated series of woodwind and brass teaching
publications including Session Time, Practice Sessions and the Old Macdonald
Recorder Method. However, he is best remembered for the award-winning
Learn As You Play series which remains one of the most widely used beginner
tutors, and has been translated into French, German, Spanish and Dutch.
He was a member of the Editorial Board for the recently published Boosey
& Hawkes Wind Method.
many years Peter was a member of the Society for Research in Psychology
of Music and Music Education, with whom he was actively involved in research
over the processes of learning to play and the development of style and
technique for woodwind instrumentalists. He received an MA in the Psychology
of Music for his work on improvisation techniques and he channelled all
this background and experience into his teaching books. He travelled widely
giving seminars for music teachers, the central focus of which was to
encourage the exchange of ideas and techniques in instrumental teaching,
and he explored contexts encouraging instrumental teachers to integrate
their teaching into the school classroom music curriculum.
Wastall entered the Royal Marines School of Music as a flautist aged 14
and served in the Royal Marines Band as player and tutor until the age
of 30. In civilian life he taught at St Lawrence College, Ramsgate,
Dover College and at Kings School Canterbury. Having moved into teacher
training at Nonington College, Dover, Peter later returned to instrumental
teaching for the Northamptonshire Music Service.
and his wife June retired to a beautiful house with large garden near
Exeter where Peter devoted his time to his twin interests - music and
gardening. These he did with enthusiasm, expertise and passion, traits
which underpinned all he did.