Bill Millin

Piper Bill Millin
William "Bill" Millin (14 July 1922 – 17 August 2010 ), commonly known as Piper Bill, was personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day.wikipedia
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The Road to the Isles

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He played "Highland Laddie" "The Road to the Isles" and "All the blue bonnets are over the border" as his comrades fell around him on Sword.
It is said to have been played by Bill Millin, piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, during the first day of the Normandy Landings on D-Day during World War II, during a daring Commando attack during Operation Roast in the Spring 1945 offensive in Italy, and also at the start of construction on Toronto's first subway line, under Yonge Street, in 1949.

Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat

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William "Bill" Millin (14 July 1922 – 17 August 2010 ), commonly known as Piper Bill, was personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day.
Lord Lovat instructed his personal piper, Bill Millin, to pipe the commandos ashore, in defiance of specific orders not to allow such an action in battle.

1st Special Service Brigade

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William "Bill" Millin (14 July 1922 – 17 August 2010 ), commonly known as Piper Bill, was personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day.
He instructed his personal piper, Bill Millin, to play the commandos ashore, in defiance of specific orders not to allow such an action in battle.

The Longest Day (film)

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Millin's action on D-Day was portrayed in the 1962 film The Longest Day. Millin was played by Pipe Major Leslie de Laspee, the official piper to the Queen Mother in 1961.
It is a common misconception that Bill Millin, the piper who accompanies Lord Lovat to Normandy with his bagpipes, played himself in the film. He was actually portrayed by Pipe Major Leslie de Laspee, the official piper to the Queen Mother in 1961.

Normandy landings

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William "Bill" Millin (14 July 1922 – 17 August 2010 ), commonly known as Piper Bill, was personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day.
Brigadier Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat and his 1st Special Service Brigade arrived in the second wave, piped ashore by Private Bill Millin, Lovat's personal piper.

Highland Laddie

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He played "Highland Laddie" "The Road to the Isles" and "All the blue bonnets are over the border" as his comrades fell around him on Sword.
Bill Millin – A piper who played the song during the Scottish landing on Sword Beach during WW2

Jack Churchill

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* Jack Churchill, another British Army bagpiper serving during the Second World War
Bill Millin – another bagpiper during World War II

Millin

Bill Millin (1922–2010), personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade at D-Day

Army Air Corps (United Kingdom)

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They were soon reinforced and relieved by soldiers from Lord Lovat's 1 Special Service Brigade, famously led by piper Bill Millin.

List of Scots

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Bill Millin (1922–2010), personal piper to Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat

1922

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Bill Millin, English personal piper (d. 2010)

John Howard (British Army officer)

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By that time, Howard and his glider troops had been bolstered by both fresh airborne parachute landings The 2nd Ox and Bucks coup de main platoons holding the bridges were relieved by 7 Parachute Battalion at 03.00hrs.[35] Later on D Day a detachment of British Commandos of the 1st Special Service Brigade, led by Brigadier Simon Fraser, marched to the bridge to the tune of Bill Millin's bagpipes.

Operation Deadstick

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At 13:30, the men at the bridges heard the sound of bagpipes, played by Bill Millin of the 1st Commando Brigade.

2010 in Scotland

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Bill Millin, British Army soldier and piper during WWII (born 1922)

George Findlater

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Bill Millin, a piper who played during the D-Day landings in 1944

History of the kilt

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However, on D-Day, June 1944, Lord Lovat, commander of 1 Special Service Brigade, was accompanied by his personal piper Bill Millin, who wore a kilt — and played the bagpipes — while German bullets whizzed around him.

Regina, Saskatchewan

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Millin was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on 14 July 1922 to a father of Scottish origin who returned to Glasgow as a policeman when William was three.

Shettleston

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He grew up and went to school in the Shettleston area of the city.

Army Reserve (United Kingdom)

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He joined the Territorial Army in Fort William, where his family had moved, and played in the pipe bands of the Highland Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders before volunteering as a commando and training with Lovat at Achnacarry along with French, Dutch, Belgian, Polish, Norwegian, and Czechoslovak troops.

Fort William, Highland

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He joined the Territorial Army in Fort William, where his family had moved, and played in the pipe bands of the Highland Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders before volunteering as a commando and training with Lovat at Achnacarry along with French, Dutch, Belgian, Polish, Norwegian, and Czechoslovak troops.

Highland Light Infantry

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He joined the Territorial Army in Fort William, where his family had moved, and played in the pipe bands of the Highland Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders before volunteering as a commando and training with Lovat at Achnacarry along with French, Dutch, Belgian, Polish, Norwegian, and Czechoslovak troops.

Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

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He joined the Territorial Army in Fort William, where his family had moved, and played in the pipe bands of the Highland Light Infantry and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders before volunteering as a commando and training with Lovat at Achnacarry along with French, Dutch, Belgian, Polish, Norwegian, and Czechoslovak troops.