Rememberance Service at the Royal Marines Museum

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I was in the fortunate position today to be able to attend the Rememberance Service at the old Royal Marines Barracks in Eastney. There was a good turnout and the rain held off until the service was complete. The saddest part for the wife and I and I am sure for everyone else was when Lt Col A Lock RM read out the long list of names of all the Royal Marines who made the ultimate sacrifice during the last year.

"We Will Remember Them"
 
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The Defenestration of Eastney :salute:

Dad took me to Eastney when I was a kid to see 43 Commando disbanding. We were just leaving the main-gate when a Royal Marine in blues and honkey-tonks, wearing a maroon and gold lanyard came out of the Eastney Cafe which was right opposite the main-gate.

It was a defining moment in my life and one of the most impressive sights I have ever seen - not the uniform but the fact that he arrived on the pavement via the unopened window in showers of glass and flapping curtains.

I never knew what he had said or done to piss off his oppo's but I was so impressed that all I wanted to be from then on was a Bootie.

RM
 
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Eastney the dreaded early morning bugle call, met an old mate who was in 41 Commando on a driving course at Eastney, next time we met he was pushing me into a hedge with his vehicle at a cloggie base with a big grin on his face. That was forty years ago feels like it was yesterday.
 
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I have a couple more pics but can't work out how to upload them!

Glad you agreed about the rain...began to think I was in the wrong place! Or hallucinating!
Was a very moving service, hearing the names read out makes it even more real.

My dad was a Marine and I was very proud to be allowed to be there. There's no-one like a Marine! :D
 
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alba58 said:
I have a couple more pics but can't work out how to upload them!

Glad you agreed about the rain...began to think I was in the wrong place! Or hallucinating!
Was a very moving service, hearing the names read out makes it even more real.

My dad was a Marine and I was very proud to be allowed to be there. There's no-one like a Marine! :D
Put them in the photo gallery they will be lost if you post them on here
 
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finknottle said:
Bergen, great story was he a Recruiting Sergeant?

I am pleased that the phots have brought memories flooding back.
Finks - just don't post any photographs of Girdwood Park. I was attached to 39th Infantillery Brigade and was bimbling along minding my own business when 40 Commando had their infamous negligent discharge of an 84mm TPTP inside a building 50 meters away. It was a flooding of something other than memories that created the need for a rapid change of drawers that day. :roll:

RM
 

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