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The band on parade in Havant Park in about 1945
The band on parade in Havant Park in about 1945
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Just about visible in these two photographs is Bryan Cox – the bass drummer.

They show the Havant Army Cadet Force band parading in Havant Park in about 1945.

Bass drummer Bryan Cox is partially obscured by the corporal

Bass drummer Bryan Cox is partially obscured by the corporal

Bryan, of Brooklands Road, Bedhampton, says: ‘We were taught by the Royal Marines corporal, who appears with the band in the photograph. We were judged the best cadet band in Hampshire in a competition held in Winchester.’

Bryan, a Bedhampton resident of 56 years, said the company paraded in Havant drill hall which was behind the site now occupied by McDonald’s and was reached by a drive from West Street.

He adds: ‘I can’t remember what the occasion was to warrant the parade nor many of the band members.

‘The drum major was Godwin Herring who came from Emsworth, but is not shown in the photographs. He now lives in Norfolk after a life in the army and we keep in touch. Other surnames I remember are Windebank and Hamm. I would love to hear from any of them.’

Bryan was called up for National Service in 1946 and served in the Royal Signals as a radio mechanic. He served in Palestine and Egypt. He spent the rest of his working life in the Ministry of Defence researching and developing naval communications.