63rd Band Members

 

     
 

The following from Keith Youldon

The 63rd Entry made a great contribution to  the pipe band and dominated it in our 3rd year at Halton. The band hut  served as a second home to the barrack block and we spent most evenings  there 'having a bash' under the fatherly eye of WO 'Flem' Carlton. The  63rd
members who joined the pipe band were;  Pipers; Keith 'Curly' Youldon (Pipe Major), Mike R Dennis, David 'Icky'  Tarry, Trever Lach, Dave 'Sam' Swinburn, Phil 'Tich' Davis, Peter 'Gus'  or 'Spike' White,  Side Drummers; Robert 'Bob' Jones (Silver Side),
Norman 'Puss' Blondel  (Silver Side), Brian 'Bop' Colley, 'Rob' Richards,  Jim 'Fincher' Weeks,  Tenor Drummers; 'Rod' Ames, Johnny Headland, Brian Edwards, Ken Brookes.  Trumpeter; Stan S V Brooks  Goat Handler; John Harris, 'Ted' E Cogan

 

 

The 'Royal' 63rd Entry's Pipe Band  

          The 63rd Entry made a great contribution to the Halton pipe band and dominated the band in its 3rd year at Halton. The band hut served as a second home to the barrack block and members spent most evenings there 'having a bash' under the fatherly eye of WO 'Flem' Carlton .

 

            Figure 1 ; The 63rd Entry Pipe Band leading the 62nd Entry during their Passing Out celebrations in May 1952. Drum Major Dave MacCrostie is about to throw his mace, Ted E Cogan is leading Lewis II, Flem is marching on the left of the picture.
Keith Youldon is Pipe Major, Mike Dennis is seen on Ted's left, David Icky Tarry is on MacCrosties left shoulder with tenor drummer Ken Brookes behind him.  Other 63rd members of the band are listed below.

           The 63rd members of the Halton Apprentice Pipe Band


Pipers; Keith 'Curly' Youldon (Pipe Major), Mike R Dennis, David 'Icky' Tarry, Trevor Lach, Dave 'Sam' Swinburn, Phil 'Tich' Davis, Peter 'Gus' or 'Spike' White,
Side Drummers; Robert 'Bob' Jones (Silver Side), Norman 'Puss' Blondel
(Silver Side), Brian 'Bop' Colley, 'Rob' Richards,  Jim 'Fincher' Weeks,
Tenor Drummers; 'Rod' Ames, Johnny Headland, Brian Edwards, Ken Brookes.
Trumpeter; Stan S V Brooks. Goat Handler; John Harris, 'Ted' E Cogan .

 

    Pipers of the 63rd Entry piping at a wedding Halton Village church 1951.
From the left; Keith Youldon, Charles Jock Erskine (61st), Sam Swinburn, Mike Dennis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               

                        Side Drummer Bob Jones and Piper Phil Davies with Irvin Ron Keen on the 63rd's Passing Out Day

 

Keith 585544 Keith Curly Youldon.  Photo was taken in 1949 in Wendover photographers studio.  Note pipers badge, Keith was already a piper in the band. 
He later became Pipe Major and a Corporal Apprentice.

 

        

 

 

 

 

 

Keith Curly Youldon
 and Mike Dennis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Battle of Britain Parade at the Airfield
- September 1951.  The Pipe Major is Jock Erskine (61st) but
the band is dominated by 63rd Entry members including Jim Larke the Drum Major and front row pipers,
seen from the left; Trevor Lach, Keith Youldon and Mike Dennis.   Pete Gus White is behind Trevor Lach.

 

Recent Activities  

63rd Entry 60th Anniversary Reunion Dinner - 6 Sep 09  

          Seven ex-members of Halton's apprentice bands attended the reunion at the Mount Hotel, Wolverhampton . From the pipe band were; silver side drummer Norman Blondel, goat handler John Harris and pipers; David Tarry, Gus White and Keith Youldon.  From the military band were; cornetist Min Larkin and trombonist Mike Lethbridge. Photographs will be inserted when available.  Unfortunately, our still active silver side drummer, Bob Jones, was recovering from an operation and was unable to attend the reunion.  Keith piped the assembly into dinner to the tune of Scotland the Brave.  After the names of 'absent friends' were read out by Lionel Parkin, Keith played the lament 'Hector the Hero' while he marched along the gallery of the magnificent hall.  Keith later played more tunes after dinner including requests for Highland Cathedral and Bonny Charlie.  He ended with We're No Awa Tae Bide Awa and Auld Lang Syne.

            Keith remains Pipe Major of the Golden Oldies band which is performing in a Battle of Britain Parade in Maidenhead on the 20             Sep 09.   This is an annual event organized by another ex-brat. 
         

More photographs are needed of 63rd members who were in Halton's bands.  Please submit to Keith Youldon at breybrook@talktalk.net.   Keith has written a book titled 'Halton Drums The History of the RAF Halton Aircraft Apprentice Pipe Band'.  The cost is 25 plus P&P.  Copies can be obtained directly from Keith. 

 

 

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