Bob Davies writes;
Another of our popular club members crossed the bar on 22 April aged 86. William Leonard Patfield, but known to all as ‘Lenny’ was a former Paratrooper who jumped with 3 Para onto El Gamil Airfield as part of Operation ‘Musketeer’ during the Suez crisis in 1956. ‘Rest in peace Lenny, your duty’s done’.
It has also been announced that Maureen Bane passed away on 13 May at the age of 76. Maureen was the manager of Deal Hospital at the time of the IRA bomb outrage at the RMSM in 1989. She led her staff tirelessly to treat and comfort those injured. In recognition of her outstanding contribution that day she was awarded the MBE. God Bless you Maureen and we thank you.
The Royal Marines Heritage Trails are proving very popular. The Self-Guided tour of about two hours follows the 23 bronze markers which takes in all the places of historical interest of the relationship between the Royal Marines in Deal and Walmer over 350 years. Brochures with all the necessary information and map are available from the club and several other outlets.
Members including ‘Timber’, Ben, ‘Dusty’ and Chris Wiltshire attended this year’s Graspan Parade. Also present were Marion McGuire and Margaret Murphy. All reported the success of the event and the enjoyable reception in the UJC afterwards.
On 24 May thirty- three members and friends left for a four day coach trip to the battlefields in the Dunkirk area, but also taking in the Zeebrugge memorial, the HMS Vindictive Memorial Bows, the massacre sites at Paradis and Wormhoudt, a V1 launching site and the V2 Blockhouse at Eperleque. The last night we were at the Menin Gate, where ‘Dusty’ paraded the Standard and our Chairman ‘Riggo’ laid a wreath escorted by Bob and Mark Richardson. Our thanks go to John Elms who organised this excellent and informative trip.
A Race Night was held in the club on Saturday 8 June with many members dressing up as jockeys, bookies and gamblers, which helped to ensure the great success of the evening. Many thanks go to those who organised the event.
The town celebrated this year’s Armed Forces Day on Sunday 24 June by holding a parade and service on the apron of Deal Pier. Seventeen Standards were in attendance, with ‘Dusty’ parading the Branch Standard, and with a good turnout of veterans, cadet groups and civic dignitaries which included our local MP Charlie Elphicke. The service was conducted by Rev John Lines MBE chaplain to the Downs Branch of the RBL and the Bugle calls were sounded by CSgt ‘Pastie’ Cornish. After the service the parade marched along the promenade where the Salute was taken by the town Mayor. On completion of the event a buffet reception was held in the club for which we thank our stewardess Sue.
To all those on our sick list we send our thoughts and best wishes for a speedy recovery, especially to one of our relief Standard Bearers Gerry Bowers.