In recognition of the signing of the Armistice which brought to a close World War One, bagpipers around the world will mark the centenary of that event on the 11th November by the playing of a tune composed to commemorate the end of the war titled “ The Battle’s O’er”.
Composed a century ago by Pipe Major William Robb of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders the tune honours all who have served and the more than 2000 Allied pipers who were killed in the war and many more who were wounded in that terrible conflict.
As mentioned in the report (left) the tune will be played at the Galston Cenotaph at 5pm to coincide with pipers and bands across the United Kingdom and Europe at the time the Armistice was signed at 6am in Compiegne, France. The Armistice was timed to come into effect at 11am.
Bagpipes have been part of formal commemorative events for hundreds of years and as pipers and bands we are honoured to be part of local services and marches. This will also be a final act for us in remembrance for the Centenary of Anzac.
A period of reflection will follow the playing of the tune to be followed by a tune of dispersal as is the military tradition.