1919 - 2012

David Graham-Service was a member of the St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow band and of the Scottish Association from 1961 until the early 1990s. It was only two years after he joined that he was elected to the post of Treasurer and Secretary, which he held until 1987. When that role was split into two offices, he remained as Treasurer until 1992, even after his active ringing career was cut short by a hip injury. His whole ringing was focused in Glasgow, where he rang all of his five peals. He was also an active supporter of many Cathedral activities, and was instrumental in acquiring funding for restoration work on the tower. In his professional life, Dr Graham-Service was a medically trained osteopath, a rarity at that time. He was, until his death, the oldest surviving graduate of medicine from St Andrew’s University, getting his degree in 1942. He served on the front lines during World War II, in particular in the battle of Cassino. A lifetime dedication to pain relief lead him towards alternative medicine, and many patients had cause to thank his dedication. Dr Graham-Service was also a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

A memorial service was held at St Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow on 3rd August, and the band later rang the quarter peal below.


Glasgow. (S Mary’s Cathedral) 12 Aug, 1280 Cambridge S Major: Barbara Harrington 1, Karen Ewing 2, Jennifer Tomkinson 3, Margaret Williams 4, Terry G Williams 5, Angela H Deakin 6, Tina R Stoecklin (C) 7, Jonathan S Frye 8. In celebration of the life of Dr David Martin Graham-Service, a longtime member of the Cathedral band.

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