Memorial room recognises fallen Royal Marines musicians

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A MEMORIAL room commemorating 448 Royal Marines musicians who died during the first and second world wars has been opened today.

The Band Service Memorial Room at the Royal Marines School of Music, in Portsmouth Naval Base, includes boards listing the names of every musician who has died.

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller, whose twin brother George was killed on board HMS Barham in 1941 while serving as a boy bugler, was a guest at the official opening this morning.

Mr Miller, 88, of Kinross Crescent in Cosham, said: ‘It’s a little bit sad but I’m also very proud to see his name here.

‘I think it’s a wonderful thing they have done.’

Mr Miller has applied to be a boy bugler along with his brother, but was turned down because he had a gap in his teeth which meant he was unable to play.

Drummers and buglers from the Portsmouth-based Royal Marines School of Music held a short performance before the official opening of the memorial room.