A Member of
The Yorkshire Corps of Drums
My Old Regiment
In 1955 I joined the Grenadier Guards as a Drummer boy at the age of 16 and served the first three months of my service at Chelsea Barracks in London. I was then sent to Egypt to join the 2nd Battlion with whom I spent the rest of my service, serving under the best Drum Major in the Brigade of Guards (Les Mayhew B.E.M.)
I took part in most of the big ceremonial events and was proud to be picked to go to Dunkirk in 1957 to sound last post at the new memorial to the fallen attended by the Queen Mother.
I was awarded the silver bugle on three occasions by winning the annual competition.
During my service I served in Egypt, Cyprus, Germany and traveled to different parts of these countries playing with the Corps of Drums.
I ended my service with the rank of Lance Sergeant in 1962, but I still enjoy playing my flute at the age of 65 with the Yorkshire Corps of Drums.
Keith wrote his own march called Grenadier 5508 (his last 4 in his service number.