This photograph of
the Calgary Highlanders pipe band was taken in England, 1942. The pipe major
still Bob Stocker (minus beard) and the sergeant is Neil Sutherland.
The pipers are still un-officially wearing the Royal Stewart tartan.
Look at this
link to read more on the tartans used by the Calgary Highlanders:
In 1923, Honorary Colonel R.B. Bennett provided new uniforms, as a
result of his observations of Scottish Highland units during the
Great War. Royal Stewart was adopted for the entire pipes and
drums. Kilts and plaids were in the new tartan, as well as bag
covers and pipe ribbons.
In 1929, the Government
tartan was introduced for the drummers, reflecting the alliance with
the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of the British Army.
When the First Battalion of the Regiment arrived in England
in 1940 complete with Pipes and Drums, the Regiment was very quickly
informed that Royal Stewart Tartan was the domain only of those
regiments designated "Royal." The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
of the British Army supplied plaids and kilts of Government Tartan
to the Calgary Highlanders' pipers, who continued to wear Royal
Stewart bag covers. It appears also that pipe ribbons in both Royal
Stewart (on the upper side of the drones) and Government tartan (on
the reverse) were worn.
WW2 Calhi - Pipe Majors
At the start of World
War Two, Robert (Bobbie) Robson Stoker (originally
born in Newcastle on Tyne, England, 1914) joined the Calgary
Highlanders where he was nicknamed "Wimpy." He was promoted from
Lance Corporal to Pipe Major of the First Battalion in 1940, and led
the Pipes and Drums during their stay in Shilo, Manitoba before the
battalion sailed for England in the autumn. At that time Neil
Sutherland, who was with the Winnipeg Police, joined the band of the
Calhi’s and was made Pipe Sergeant (see the photo
Robert R. Stoker1940-42 Neil Sutherland 1942-45
The Pipe Major and Pipers wear an Argyll & Sutherland
Highlanders style Grey Hair Piper's Sporran with three long black
Tassels (see above, Left)
The drummers wear an Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
"Swinging six" White Hair Sporran with 6 Short Black Tassels (see
The Pipes and Drums
performed throughout the UK; in 1942 Stoker was transferred by
Lieutenant Colonel MacLaughlan, the Commanding Officer of the
battalion, to the
Essex Scottish as sergeant, promoted to Pipe Major. Neil
Sutherland then took over from Stoker as Pipe Major of the Calgary
Highlanders till the end of the war.
Pipe-Major Neil Sutherland talks to former Prime
Minister and Honorary Colonel R.B Bennett, in England on 12
The Pipe Band took their full ceremonial dress with them to the
United Kingdom, and changed the previously worn Royal Stewart tartan
into Argyll & Sutherland for the whole pipe band. N.B.: on the
left side of the helmet seen worn on the right, the Helmet Flash can
Neil Sutherland did
very well on the courses he took while in the UK; Willie Ross, Chief
of Piping for the British Army in fact wanted Sutherland to stay in
England after the war.
But Sutherland returned to the Winnipeg Police, where he was Pipe
Major from 1945 to 1970.