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A birthday bugle call to delight ex-Royal Marine Ron

A birthday bugle call to delight ex-Royal Marine Ron

Heralding many Remembrances, a lovely birthday surprise thanks to some clever, covert manoeuvres

Ron Moyse with the Royal Marines bandsmen who performed for him on his 93rd birthday at Canford Chase care home in Poole.

Ed Note: Ahead of Remembrance Day next week, and following lots of secret planning, this is a lovely story about a retired Royal Marine commando which also includes some fascinating - and moving - history.

Birthday bugle call delights ex-Royal Marine Ron, 93

A former commando enjoyed a 93rd birthday surprise thanks to some clever, covert manoeuvres by his family, his Dorset care home and the Royal Marines Association.

Ron Moyse said he was ‘absolutely flabbergasted’ to witness a ‘mess beating’ performed in his honour by five musicians from the Royal Marines along with a visit from two servicemen he fought alongside in the Korean War 71 years ago.

Ahead of the birthday, close co-operation on keeping the arrangements a secret took place between the Association, Ron’s family and Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Canford Chase in Poole where he now lives.

On the day, Ron said he suspected ‘something was happening’ when his son Rob, himself a former Royal Marine with 25 years’ service, arrived in uniform and there was talk of Ron being invited to go into the garden.

Entering into the spirit of the occasion, at 93...

But Ron quickly entered into the spirit of the occasion, asking for his beret and medals, and saying he would be delighted to be taken outside.

Unbeknown to him, five bandsmen had arrived and, temporarily stationed in the home’s summerhouse at the end of the garden, changed into their uniforms until the order came that Ron was in position and it was time to play.

The five then stepped out onto the lawn and in full ceremonial regalia saluted Ron on drums and bugles watched by a gathering crowd of Association members, Canford Chase residents and staff, and other well-wishers.   

41 Commando and the Korean War

The South Korean government recently produced official thank-you certificates for members of 41 Commando for their help in the Korean War. With Ron Moyse, seated, are two fellow servicemen who came to visit him on his 93rd birthday at Canford Chase care home: Cyril Blackman, left, and Jack Edmunds. Among the visitors were former Royal Marines Jack Edmunds and Cyril Blackman who served with Ron in 41 Commando, a unit attached to the US Marine Corps during the Korean War.

The combined force saw intense action during the Chosin Reservoir campaign, fighting off Chinese forces that outnumbered them four-to-one. Almost half of Ron’s unit were killed, wounded or captured.

The unit’s contribution was recently recognised by the South Korean government producing framed certificates of thanks available to all surviving members.

Ron, Jack and Cyril were proud to show off their certificates in Korean script during the birthday visit. 

Ron joined the Royal Marines at age 14 as a junior drummer and bugler

Ron joined the Royal Marines in 1943 aged just 14 years and nine months, beginning his military career as a junior drummer and bugler just like the bandsmen who performed for him on his birthday.

He was most pleased to have held the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major and among his later roles away from military action was that of physical training instructor.

When he joined, Ron continued a family connection with the Royal Marines going back several generations to 1842. 

Reflecting on his birthday, Ron said: “It was a complete surprise, I was absolutely flabbergasted to see all my old friends especially those I served with in Korea. I realised something was happening, but I had no idea it was anything on that scale. When I watched the bandsmen play I thought to myself, ‘That was me at 14’. It was such a happy day.”

Privileged and delighted Colten Care staff who helped make this celebration possible

In a thank-you note to the home, Ron’s son Graham, a Royal Navy doctor who also served with the Marines, said: “It really did cheer up my father, an upstanding man and a gallant Royal Marine.”

Canford Chase Companionship Team Leader Julie Wathen said: “We were privileged and delighted to help Ron and family celebrate his 93rd birthday. It was a truly special day and a great spectacle for everyone to enjoy. We thank the Royal Marines Association, especially their representative Rod Playford, and everyone else who helped make it happen.”

Photos

Top: Ron Moyse with the Royal Marines bandsmen who performed for him on his 93rd birthday at Canford Chase care home in Poole.

Below: The South Korean government recently produced official thank-you certificates for members of 41 Commando for their help in the Korean War. With Ron Moyse, seated, are two fellow servicemen who came to visit him on his 93rd birthday at Canford Chase care home: Cyril Blackman, left, and Jack Edmunds.

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