THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED BY TERRY PETERS
Well, where to start first. As you can expect it was a solemn occasion, but they did Jack proud.
Geordie was there as well as Phil Butler and of course myself.
The first surprise, was the 'Order of service' pamphlet that we were given on entering the church. It gave Jack's name as, John Doc Martin Lambie 'Jack'. That is the first, that any of the three of us had heard of a Doc Martin as an allonym . Another surprise was that as the priest gave a resume of Jack's life, he mentioned that he was an accomplished linguist. He was fluent in German, Malaysian and after his posting to Kenya, Swahili !!
He first joined the army as a member of the Scots Guards and was very proud of the fact that he had been selected for guard duty at Buckingham Palace. His claim to fame was, that once when on duty there and during the changing of the guard, Prince Charles, a toddler then, was running around them and getting under their feet, so he inadvertently ! stepped on his toes.
A lot of his relatives from Lanark, were there, some in full Scottish attire, with the ladies sporting Celtic Brooches. His approach and arrival at the Crematorium was to the accompaniment of a Piper and Drummer, playing Scottish Laments, which included 'The Dark Island'. After a short service and as he passed through the curtains, it was to the tune of 'Flower of Scotland'. Amongst the floral tributes was a Poppy Wreath from the RCT & RASC Association. The name card attached, only gave the Christian names of the senders, who we didn't know. After the ceremony, Geordie and Phil went on to the reception, so you will have to ask them for further details. I unfortunately, had to return to Yorkshire, as I was at work that evening.
I have attached a couple of photographs, that I managed to discreetly obtain, hope they will suffice.
Well bye for now, see you in October.