Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:53 AM,
John Clarke, Museum archivist of the Cape Breton Highlanders of Canada, wrote to
Very good…. you must spend a lot of time on these projects, it's
great when they come this good !
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 2:12 AM
Hugh Peden wrote to us:
fantastic web site you have put together regarding the Canadian
Pipe Bands, their Pipe Majors, and the liberation of Holland. I
wanted to send a short note and say thanks…and explain why I
liked it so much.
connection is twofold:
I grew up in
Pine Falls Manitoba and was an early member of the Stirling Pipe
Band…the band formed by Pipe Major Bill MacLeod. He worked,
after the war in Pine Falls as an electrician at the same paper
mill that my father worked at. Pine Falls was my boyhood
home. Bill taught me how to pipe and I was a member of the
Stirling Pipe Band until I left University in Winnipeg and moved
to Toronto. You may enjoy the following link that talks a bit
about the band…I put this together year ago. Since then, I have
spent 17 years in the Vancouver Police Band…10 as Pipe Sgt and
two of those as Acting Pipe Major…and have been in the R.C.M.P. E
Division Pipe Band for the last 5 years and 3 of those as Pipe
married my first wife, her father and mother were from Holland.
Their names were Karl and Truus ten Hoope. Karl was riding a
horse at Dam Square the day of the Liberation Parade. I always
thought it interesting that my father-in-law at the time was in
the same spot watching my former Pipe Major (Bill MacLeod).
Karl worked in the purchasing department at a department store
but his true love is music. He studied music in Amsterdam and
was a conductor of several choirs here in the Vancouver area.
and Dad, as well as myself, were great friends of Bill and his
family and have kept in touch with them all my life.
Regrettably two summers ago at aged 94, Bill passed away. I
returned to Pine Falls and delivered the Eulogy at his
funeral…which I thought you might also like to read. Bill never
talked much about the war until I toured Holland with the
Vancouver Police Pipe Band at the Breda International Tattoo
back in 2001. We played at the cemetery at Bergen Op Zoom and
stayed in the Air Force barracks at Woensdrecht. When I told
Bill I had been to both places he told me of a large battle they
fought at Woensdrecht and how he piped at the temporary graves
at Bergen Op Zoom.
Again…thanks for your website and the work in digging up those
historical photos of the Canadian Army pipe bands and pipe
majors. I have forwarded your site along to Bill's younger
brother Fred and to his daughter and son. They were all
thrilled to see the photos. Bill's pipes and much of his
memorabilia is now with the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of
Canada at their museum in Winnipeg.
you ever get to Vancouver…drop me an email in advance and
possibly we could meet up for a discussion and lunch.
Ridge BC Canada.
Friday, March 02, 2012 6:29 PM, Wayne D. Robinson wrote to us:
interesting web site. I was a member of the
Cameron’s for 7 years, and now a member of the
Lincoln and Welland Regiment. I was shocked to
learn the Linc. & Welland also had a pipe band
during WW1 and on
sure when it disbanded.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 2:32 AM, Cameron
Stevens wrote to us:
I am Pipe Major Cameron Stevens of The Black
Watch (R.H.R.) of Canada in Montreal, Quebec.
You have listed a Pipe Major Hannan in one of
your photos... This is incorrect. The person in
the photo is actually L.Cpl. Keay, who was
acting Pipe Major in 1945.
We did have two Pipe Major Hannah's in he
Regiment: Robert who was Pipe Major of the 42nd
C.E.F. in 1918, and then Pipe Major of the 1st
Battalion R.H.C. (home battalion) 1939-1946, and
his son William Hannah who was a piper in the
1st Battalion RHC (overseas) 1939 - 1945 and
became Pipe Major of the 3rd Battalion in 1951 -
Hope this helps!
Good work bye the way.
Cameron W Stevens, M.M.M., C.D.
Master Warrant Officer
The Black Watch (R.H.R.) of Canada
Pipes and Drums
Sent from my iPad
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 7:31 PM, Kathy
Spinelli wrote to us:
Hello: My name is Kate and
Arthur Corstorphine was my
uncle. He was my father's
brother and a pipe major for the
Highland Light Infantry of
Canada. He was the first pipe
major of the Guelph, Ontario,
Canada pipe band. He went on,
after the war, to become pipe
major of the Hollywood Pipe
band. I stumbled onto your site
while doing some family search
work. Great site! Thank you.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 7:38 PM Kathy Spinelli wrote to us:
Hello: I just
wanted to send a
note to say what an
incredible web site
you have put
Corstorphine was my
uncle and what a
wonderful man he
was!! I have many
fond memories of he
and my father, who
served with the
Artillery, and the
stories those two
Thank you again.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:42 PM Heather
Anderson wrote to us:
Dear John & Yolanda...
I was online researching
the 48th Highlanders
when I came across your
site. I am writing you
for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, I really want
to commend you on the
creation and maintenance
of your site
PipesForFreedom.com . I
am very impressed at the
number of photos that
you have been able to
acquire along with all
information. I am
especially impressed and
proud because my
Anderson was featured in
a number of photos and
information on your
Over the years I have
information on my
grandfather's role in
World War 2. My dad -
Gordon Anderson (Andy's
son) passed away 7 years
ago so its been a little
more difficult to search
My father was an only
child and I am as well
but I am trying to do my
part to insure that the
legacy of my
live on. I was hoping to
create a web site in his
honour once my research
We do have a variety of
interesting photos in
our private collection
which I would be happy
to share with you for
your site if you are
interested. Again, on
behalf of my entire
family I thank you for
your wonderful site.
It truly was a very
proud moment when I
found so much
information on my
Thursday, March 21,
2013 7:23 PM, Roderick Noble wrote to us:
Subject: News from a Canadian
Dear John & Yolanda,
Thank you for your wonderful
website. I am the son of Pipe-Major Frank Noble
of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of
Canada (P.L.). You are probably aware of the
fact that the Argyll Pipes and Drums were
involved in a bus accident in November 1948 that
killed six that included the Armitt brothers,
Earl McKay and my father. I was an infant of a
year old. I joined the Regiment in 1959 as a
piper and am still very involved.
I grew up among some of the
pictures that you show on your site but I'm
sending you one that is not seen yet on your
site of the Pipes and Drums in Holland while
waiting to come home.
I hope you will post it and I
will send you more of the present Pipe Band and
their regimental home.