(21st April 2009) A new blog page to honour the memory of Joe, using part of his photo memorabilia kindly forwarded by his nephew Graham Martin and scanned by Swanny Swanson. Many of the photos are faded and speckled. Some of ’em are untitled; in due course I hope to add more captions that will identify names and places. In keeping now (Oct 2010) with our Picasa Album application, the entire Photo Collection can be viewed by clicking the hotlink in the line above. The reader can add captioning to the many photos shewn.
Joe as the CO’s Bugler, obviously visited all of the Company postings throughout the Caribbean from the early days off the Empire Clyde, throughout his term as a regular soldier. Joe is clearly and fondly remembered by the Editor from Basic Training at Bodmin in November 1953 and during his regular visits to Prospect Bermuda, where his poignant rendering of Regimental Bugle Calls, stopped us in our tracks from whatever we were then doing and made us all proud to be members of the Light Infantry with its historical traditions.
I was greatly saddened to have learned of Joe’s untimely death last year, particularly as many of we “A” Company cheps from Bermuda and other lads from the Jamaican contingent in ’54-’57, will be meeting this year during our Caribbean Re-Union. Joe, you are sorely missed and we shall especially remember you during Graham’s rendering of the Last Post on Thursday 11th June at The Keep, Bodmin.