Sound the bu­gles!

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IN re­sponse to your ar­ti­cle on bu­gles ( May 18), my fa­ther, Ben Oak­ley, or­phaned as a very young child, was sent to Kneller Hall, the army school of mu­sic, and be­came a pro­fi­cient mu­si­cian. At the age of 16, he was cho­sen to play the Last Post at Lord Roberts’s funeral, stand­ing alone in the high gallery of St Paul’s Cathe­dral. His fa­ther had been, I be­lieve, the first man to die in the Boer War; there is a plaque in New­cas­tle Cathe­dral in his mem­ory.

My fa­ther be­came a mem­ber of the Royal Ar­tillery Band, even­tu­ally leav­ing to start his own dance band and orches­tra. I be­lieve his party piece was the Post Horn Gal­lop. Pamela Gun­nell, Lin­colnshire

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