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Attending a special occasion. Massed pipe bands played at various places in London, during "Wings for Victory Week", a fund raising campaign.

First row, Left to Right:
Neil Sutherland (Calgary Highlanders), P.M. Adam MacDonald (Toronto Scottish), P.M. Edmund Esson*(Canadian Seaforths),
Second row:
P.M. William J.(Bill)
MacLeod (Q.O.Cameron Highlanders of Canada), P.M. Sam Scott (Cameron Highrs. of Ottawa), P.M. A. Pollock (Canadian Scottish 2nd. Bn.).
Third row:
P.M. Bob Stocker*(Essex Scottish), P.M. Ross Stone (North Nova Scotia Highlanders), P.M.
Robert Wishart
(Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highrs.), P.M. Corstorphine (H.L.I. of Canada), P.M. Andy (Wee Willie) Anderson (48th. Highrs. of Canada)

*N.B.: those two Pipe Majors do not yet have beards here.

Massed pipe bands of Canadian Highland regiments marching through Hyde Park give a lift to London’s “Warship Week” savings drive, March 1942. Some Pipe Majors were still present here, who would later on, because of their age, be sent back as P.M.'s of their regimental 2nd. battalion at home in Canada, and be replaced by a younger Pipe Major for active service overseas.

P.M.'s shown are (first row, Left to Right): P.M. Donald Sutherland - Black Watch of Canada (here the senior P.M. present), P.M. W. MacLeod - Q.O. Cams of Canada, P.M. Edmund Esson - Canadian Seaforths, P.M. Adam MacDonald - Toronto Scottish, unknown senior P.M., P.M. Andy Anderson - 48th. Highrs. of Canada.
(second row Left to Right): P.M. Corstorphine - H.L.I. of Canada, 2 unknown senior P.M.,
P.M. Sam Scott - Cameron Highrs. of Ottawa, P.M. Robert Wishart - Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highrs, P.M. Ross Stone - North Nova Scotia Highlanders, unknown senior P.M.

Attending lessons from the great Pipe Major Willie Ross in Edinburgh
(the 3 inverted stripes on the left sleeve of the 2nd. piper from the right are 12 years service good conduct chevrons)

Canadians Attend Edinburgh Castle Courses

War conditions gave to the Piobaireachd Society of Scotland an unanticipated opportunity to widen its sphere of work and to render some direct service to pipers in the Dominions, and especially to the pipers of Canada.

Soon after the outbreak of war in 1939 it became apparent that the society could not continue its peace-time programme, under which, at Edinburgh Castle, an annual course of six months' duration for pipers of the Regular Army was held each winter, and, in the summer, shorter classes throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland for the instruction and inspiration of civilian pipers.

The society, therefore, looked round to find how best it could still continue its work for piping under war conditions.

With the active sympathy and cooperation of the Army Command in Scotland, it was soon decided that the objective in view could best be attained by the substitution, under Army direction, of short war courses open to pipers from all regiments.

The society gladly made available the services of its famed instructor, Pipe-Major William Ross, upon whom the King has recently conferred the M. B. E.

To date no fewer than 713 pipers from every piping regiment of the British Army, from each of the Dominion Forces, even including some musicians from the Polish Army, have passed through Pipe Major Ross's skilful hands.

The enthusiasm shown by enlisted pipers to attend these classes has never waned; nor has the keenness evinced by commanding officers to send their men to the class- and that enthusiasm still continues, nowhere keener than among the Canadian regiments. Ninety-three Canadian pipers have received tuition and encouragement at Edinburgh Castle.

It is manifestly impossible to mention by name all the pipers of Canada who have benefited and appreciated the opportunity to participate with their brother pipers of both Highland and Lowland Regiments of the British Army in the instruction given to them. That they did feel that they benefited is borne out by the fact that several have attended more than one course.

Pipe-Major Esson (Vancouver), Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, was present at no fewer than three courses. Along with Sgt. Armstrong, of the same regiment, he made a special study of piobaireachd.

Among others who attended more than once were Pipe Majors Neil Sutherland and Malcolm MacHinnon, (Calgary), of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada; Pipe-Major D. Sutherland, of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada; Pipe-Majors Duncan and Scott, of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa; and Pipe-Major Noble, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

The members of the Piobaireachd Society hope that the help and encouragement-perhaps even inspiration-which, through the incidence of war, they, in cooperation with the Army authorities, have been able to extend to the pipers of the Dominion of Canada, will, in the days of peace to come, have a lasting and beneficial effect in bringing more closely together in understanding, appreciation and brotherhood all lovers of the traditional and ancient art of piping on both sides of the Atlantic.