Ded­i­cated ser­vice to Boys’ Brigade and churches

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Al­bert Richard­son, who was known for play­ing the last post at the ser­vice of Re­mem­brance in Che­sham, has died at the age of 81.

Mr Richard­son, born of a Che­sham fam­ily from Ped­nor in 1934, not only went on to be­come a well re­spected trum­pet player, but he was also one of the founder mem­bers in 1947 of the 1st Che­sham Boys’ Brigade, meet­ing at Broad­way Bap­tist Church, in The Broad­way.

He rose through the ranks, achiev­ing the King’s Badge, one of the high­est hon­ours awarded within the Brigade, which is now called the Queens Badge.

On his re­turn from Na­tional Ser­vice in the Royal Army Med­i­cal corp, he be­came Cap­tain in 1986 right through un­til 1994, when he was called to play an im­por­tant part within the or­gan­i­sa­tion at the head of­fice at Felden Lodge.

He had a great love of mu­sic and his singing prow­ess could be heard within the Chess Val­ley Male Voice Choir where he was one of the se­cond tenors.



re­tire­ment he also had a day job, where both him and his wife Muriel were joint sec­re­taries at Hiv­ings Free Church, in Up­per Bel­mont Road, Che­sham.

His other pas­sion was for Che­sham United Foot­ball Club, where he was a reg­u­lar at each home game, this prob­a­bly arose from the past when both he and Muriel used to pre­pare and serve the play­ers their meal af­ter each game.

He first played the trum­pet on Armistice Day some 40 years ago and in the years that fol­lowed, the tone from his trum­pet could be heard above the si­lence of the oc­ca­sion.

Friend Len Vock­ins said: “Al­bert will be a very sad loss, not only to his fam­ily but also to the many past mem­bers of the Che­sham Boys Brigade that from his in­flu­ence, pro­gressed to their given roles in life.

“Lit­tle did any­one know that the 11th of the 11th 2015 would be the Last Post he was des­tined to blow.

“Rest in peace Al­bert.”

Mr Richard­son’s cre­ma­tion will take place to­day (Fe­bru­ary 25) at 11.30am in Amer­sham, fol­lowed by a thanks giv­ing ser­vice at Broad­way Bap­tist Church, in The Broad­way, Che­sham, at 1.30pm.

It is re­quested that only fam­ily flow­ers be given on the day.

Al­bert Richard­son

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