Philip ‘Taff’ Coleman (Pen Portrait)
Service – 1976-92
Instrument – Euphonium
Final Rank – Staff Sergeant
Family – married Caroline in 198?, children Kyle, Lewis, Harriet. Re-married Oct 23 2010 (Janette)
Current Location – Taff died Dec 1st 2010 (FTW)
Taff was born in South Wales in 1957. Quite often we got to meet relatives of band members as they would visit but I don’t recall meeting his mother, (Thelma), father, or sisters (Shiela and Carol). This is a little surprising as Taff’s first marriage, to Caroline, was in Osnabrück, around 1982 (?) but I cannot remember his relatives from that occasion probably because my parents were visiting at the time. Indeed, my parents also attended his wedding.
He joined the army in 1974, and trained as a bandsman in Bovington where he was a Junior Leader. He joined the band in Catterick as a euphonium player around 1976 (?) replacing Robert ‘Foxy’ Fox, who was killed in a car accident in 1975-76(?). Shortly after arriving in Catterick, the regiment was posted for it’s lengthy stint in York Barracks, Osnabrück (West Germany).
Taff saw subsequent regimental posting to Tidworth (84-86 ?), Paderborn (86-?) and by the time he left the ranks, (1992) he was a Staff Sergeant.
When did Taff leave the regiment? I’m guessing around 1992?
Where were the band stationed after Paderborn (and the amalgamation) and when did they leave Paderborn?
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