Really Sad News - Brian Guy (Swordman) RIP

I mentioned that a bugler may be needed in the Poole area on the facebook page that I spoke about in an earlier post and one of the organisers near Poole has messaged me to see if they can help with a bugler for Brian’s funeral.

There are no promises yet but if a bugler is wanted, they need to know ASAP so they can see who is available.

So I really need to know tomorrow if this is something we should organise.

There is a cost of between £100 and £150 depending on the travel arrangements etc. This would be payable to the bugler in cash on the day.

I would certainly be happy to contribute to this if other arrsers want to do the same.

This is obviously a decision for Brian’s family but if anybody is in contact with them and they want us to proceed, PM me tomorrow and i’ll go back to my contact and ask him to try and find a bugler for Brian.
Likewise,I would be happy to contribute.
 

StBob072

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I've had to drop a vague message on Faecebook to my old Sqn, as I'm sure they would be interested even if unable to attend. (Only got phone at the moment, but have asked for someone to please remind me tomorrow (today I suppose :-( ) so that I can update properly.
 
I mentioned that a bugler may be needed in the Poole area on the facebook page that I spoke about in an earlier post and one of the organisers near Poole has messaged me to see if they can help with a bugler for Brian’s funeral.

There are no promises yet but if a bugler is wanted, they need to know ASAP so they can see who is available.

So I really need to know tomorrow if this is something we should organise.

There is a cost of between £100 and £150 depending on the travel arrangements etc. This would be payable to the bugler in cash on the day.

I would certainly be happy to contribute to this if other arrsers want to do the same.

This is obviously a decision for Brian’s family but if anybody is in contact with them and they want us to proceed, PM me tomorrow and i’ll go back to my contact and ask him to try and find a bugler for Brian.
Well done, you.
PM incoming.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
I have contacted the RE Association ( who were very willing) but it appears we no longer have a bugler in the Corps.

What the actual Fcuk ?!
How can you play Last Post without a Bugler ffs ?

Anyway, they suggested I contact the local REA Branch who might have a spare one lying around.

They really dug out blind, tried to arrange a coffin escort, flags and all that, but at this short notice no luck, previously booked for another old Sappers funeral on IoW.

No matter.
I will attend , so will a really good ex Sapper mate of mine, and we will behave well until the bar opens.

Ubique !
LI buglers association on facebook
 
I mentioned that a bugler may be needed in the Poole area on the facebook page that I spoke about in an earlier post and one of the organisers near Poole has messaged me to see if they can help with a bugler for Brian’s funeral.

There are no promises yet but if a bugler is wanted, they need to know ASAP so they can see who is available.

So I really need to know tomorrow if this is something we should organise.

There is a cost of between £100 and £150 depending on the travel arrangements etc. This would be payable to the bugler in cash on the day.

I would certainly be happy to contribute to this if other arrsers want to do the same.

This is obviously a decision for Brian’s family but if anybody is in contact with them and they want us to proceed, PM me tomorrow and i’ll go back to my contact and ask him to try and find a bugler for Brian.
I'll contribute
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

LE
Book Reviewer
I mentioned that a bugler may be needed in the Poole area on the facebook page that I spoke about in an earlier post and one of the organisers near Poole has messaged me to see if they can help with a bugler for Brian’s funeral.

There are no promises yet but if a bugler is wanted, they need to know ASAP so they can see who is available.

So I really need to know tomorrow if this is something we should organise.

There is a cost of between £100 and £150 depending on the travel arrangements etc. This would be payable to the bugler in cash on the day.

I would certainly be happy to contribute to this if other arrsers want to do the same.

This is obviously a decision for Brian’s family but if anybody is in contact with them and they want us to proceed, PM me tomorrow and i’ll go back to my contact and ask him to try and find a bugler for Brian.
I would be happy to chip in to help fund the Arrse Bugler!
 

Helm

MIA
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Book Reviewer
Same here though I am not overly happy about the title of ARRSE Bugler Supporter.
 

Grownup_Rafbrat

LE
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Same here though I am not overly happy about the title of ARRSE Bugler Supporter.
I thought it appropriate and mildly amusing. Sorry if you are offended.
 
Just an update.

There is now a bugler on standby for Brian’s funeral on Friday. By coincidence, I saw Brian’s passing mentioned in a memorial page on Facebook and through that, I have passed a message to Brian’s son who is also called Brian letting him know that if the family require a bugler to attend, we have one available. I’m now waiting for a response from him. @medwaymud has let me have the Swannage RBL phone number who open at 2pm and I will make a further inquiry there after 2pm if I haven’t heard back from Brian’s son by then.

Here’s the gist of the message that I sent to Brian.

Hi Brian, my name is *** *******.. I’m a former Royal Green Jacket who served in the seventies. My condolences to you and all your family for the very sad loss of your father, Brian. I knew your father through the army rumour service website where he used to post about his activities during the war. Quite a few of the other posters on there have his book that he wrote about his wartime experiences. My reason for contacting you today is to let you know that there was apparently some discussion about the difficulty in finding a bugler to play the last post for your dads funeral. My regiment has a strong connection with bugles just like some regiments do with drums and pipes etc. Because of our history with bugles, we have a quite large bugle group. They play all over the country at various venues and they also of course attend funerals to play the last post for those who have finally left us. I’ve been in contact with them and they have a bugler in the Poole area who is available to come and play the last post at your dads funeral on Friday. There is usually a fee but I’m delighted to say that in recognition of your Dad, Brian’s brave service during the war and his affiliation to the Army rumour service, they want to have a collection to pay the buglers fee. Can you let me know firstly that your family would like the bugler to attend to play the last post for Brian. Secondly, I need the funeral details such as where and the time of the service etc. In terms of making the payment, we might need to ask you to pay the bugler cash on the day and we will send you the money by bank transfer. Please let me have your family’s thoughts on this. My number is ***********. I’d be grateful for a speedy response so we can confirm to the bugler that his service are required and I also need to organise collecting the fee from other forum members. Thanks. ***.

Hopefully, this will all be resolved in the next few hours and Brian will have a bugler to play for him on Friday.
 
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StBob072

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I will be there, and I'm delighted to say that 135 Geo Sqn RE(V) will also be represented.

Without wishing to be rude, I think this demonstrates that things CAN be organised at short notice if you contact the right people, rather than the PSAO. :)
 
I’ve just received a response from Brian Guys son.

It’s been sent through Facebook messenger which is how I contacted him so some words are abbreviated as you do when using such a medium. He has said,

“Hello *** *******. Thanks for yr call & yr kind offer of a bugler but arrangements have already been made with Dad’s wishes & a bugler is not required. If any of yr colleagues would like to attend the funeral then they should send a private message via the link on the site. Thank you.”

Here is the link that I used on Facebook to speak to him.


I guess from our perspective regarding organising and paying for a bugler for Brian’s funeral, this matter is now closed.

I will inform the buglers association and thank them for their efforts in being able to respond and offer a bugler at what was fairly short notice.
 

StBob072

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Grownup_Rafbrat

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Just to update everybody, the bugler has been cancelled. I’ve messaged Brian’s son and expressed condolences again and our hopes that the day goes well with no problems.
 
I’ve just received a response from Brian Guys son.

It’s been sent through Facebook messenger which is how I contacted him so some words are abbreviated as you do when using such a medium. He has said,

“Hello *** *******. Thanks for yr call & yr kind offer of a bugler but arrangements have already been made with Dad’s wishes & a bugler is not required. If any of yr colleagues would like to attend the funeral then they should send a private message via the link on the site. Thank you.”

Here is the link that I used on Facebook to speak to him.


I guess from our perspective regarding organising and paying for a bugler for Brian’s funeral, this matter is now closed.

I will inform the buglers association and thank them for their efforts in being able to respond and offer a bugler at what was fairly short notice.
I was just checking train times from Waterloo and connecting omnibus to Broadstone for the Crem.
Sorry if this is being dim, but does this post mean I need to ask the family via Facebook ?
Are many others planning to be present?
Midday ?
Cheers
 
I was just checking train times from Waterloo and connecting omnibus to Broadstone for the Crem.
Sorry if this is being dim, but does this post mean I need to ask the family via Facebook ?
Are many others planning to be present?
Midday ?
Cheers
I would suggest dropping Brian a short message saying that you would like to attend and can he confirm the funeral is still at the crematorium at 1pm on Friday.
 
Brians family appear to have the funeral Service fully organised and didn't want any help from outside, no matter how well intentioned. Fair play to them.
I won't be going to the Service now, it is their day and I binned Facebook years ago anyway.
I will probably go to the British Legion back in Swanage after the Service, open to everybody, to hear the presentation on his life.
 

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