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In 1968 four generations of one family involved in the Invercargill Garrison Band were acknowledged. Mr Val Siddall arrived in Dunedin in 1886 and settled in Invercargill the following year. He attened the Duke of York Military School in London.
Val Siddall was conductor of the band from 1882 to 1902 and and his son Mr W. J. Siddall 1905 and 1906. Val's son Mr J. A. Siddall was conductor of the old Dominion Band. The Dominion Band went into recess in 1920 where Mr J. A. Siddall and his son went back to the Garrison Band. Mr W. J. Siddall took over from Mr Tom Lithgow who was a brother of Mr Alex Lithgow, the march commander. He held this position to 1923 , where he moved to Christchurch and was conductor of the Wooston Band.
Mr W. J. A. Siddal stayed with the band until 1935 where he played for the civic for a short time before he moved away from Invercargill. Mr A. W. Siddall was the fourth generation member to play for the band and he played the cornet in the Battalion Boys Band.
Reference: The Southland Times May 1968
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