Piper John MacLeod: Indian Mutiny

| December 11, 2016

The Calgary Highlanders playing Haughs of Cromdell, the tune Pipe Major John MacLeod played at Secunderbagh. The Unearthly Visitant Not everyone in action is considered for an award of valour or bravery. At times soldiers who we might think of as deserving are overlooked, although no end of writings, reading and re-reading of their actions offer […]

Piper J.C. Richardson and Adanac Military Cemetery

| September 10, 2016

Soldiers Who Lie Here Row On Row The award of a humble bronze cross, the Victoria Cross, to Piper James Cleland Richardson has meant much to many people, many communities and many organizations. Jimmy’s story has been told and retold in articles, books and magazines… in exhibits and films and this will not end with […]

Jutland 1916: North American Fatalities Update

| May 31, 2016

In Memory of Fallen Comrades. Jutland Service 1933. British Pathé Update to Two Days of May A recent jaunt to the University of Victoria has found four other sailors with Canadian connections lost at sea during the Battle of Jutland May 31 – June 1, 1916. Royal Canadian Navy Engineer Lieutenant Stanley N. de Quetteville, […]

Final Message from the Front

| October 8, 2014

I find myself working late into the night on the Pipes of War film project. As the 7th of October 2014 becomes the 8th my mind ponders what Jimmy must have been thinking 98 years ago this very night.  Only  a few hours earlier he would have “implored the Commanding Officer with tears in his eyes” for […]

Notes Upon the Landscape

| August 16, 2014

Pipe Major Willie Ross recorded circa 1910 – 1939. James MacDonald of Glencoe, Captain Jack Murray, Reel of Tulloch The Leader of the Band The leader of the band is tired And his eyes are growing old But his blood runs through my instrument And his song is in my soul My life has been […]