At Adanac Military Cemetery

| October 7, 2017

Before and For All Time On a rainy day towards the Somme, we stop at Beaumont-Hamel and Thiepval before heading a short distance to Adanac Military Cemetery, to observe the day at the graveside of Piper James Cleland Richardson VC. Although we have been before, time and time again, our observances here strike a new […]

Ypres Salient South 2017

| September 21, 2017

Expressions On Their Faces The wheels begin to roll earlier today, across the cobbled back streets towards the Groote Markt and on through the Lille Gate. We are headed south of Ypres past Bedford House towards the St. Eloi Craters. The route today is almost a re-creation of our first visit to the Salient. At […]

Ahead of the Battalion

| April 7, 2017

Two Pipers of Canada’s 25th Battalion The 25th Canadian Infantry Battalion, from Nova Scotia, was part of the the 5th Infantry Brigade of the Second Canadian Division. The unit, although not considered a highland battalion, had a pipe band of 12 pipers and 10 drummers. The unit’s March Past was “MacKenzie Highlanders” and their mascot, […]

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 […]

The 231st Battalion CEF Pipe Band

| August 9, 2014

One Thing Leads to Another Constantly Searching Has its Rewards Very recently I met an actor who told me that his great grandfather served during the Great War with the 72nd Battalion C.E.F. I suggested to him that if he were to contact me with his great grandfather’s name I might be able to find […]