Pipers commemorate Centenary of the Armistice
A poignant tribute to the soldiers killed and wounded in World War One will be paid by more than 1000 pipers and drummers from Australian pipe bands on the Centenary of the Armistice – 11 November.
In more than 150 suburbs and communities across Australia, the haunting bagpipe tune The Battle’s O’er will be played at 5pm in NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania, 4.30pm Queensland, 3.30pm Northern Territory and 2pm Western Australia at the exact time the Armistice was signed to end fighting in “the war to end all wars”.
The Battle’s O’er was adopted after World War One as a tribute to more than 2000 British and Commonwealth pipers who lost their lives in battle during the war.
Special massed bands will assemble at the Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne, Adelaide War Memorial, King’s Park Perth and on Macquarie Wharf Hobart while bands and solo pipers take their place at memorials in suburbs and rural and regional communities.
Among pipers across Australia preparing to participate in The Battle's Over on 11 November is Stephen Tripp, a member of Gosford City and NSW Police bands who will at the Norah Head Lighthouse along with members from the 1st Kanwal Scout Group at 5pm.Stephen's great-great-grandfather Sgt William Clarke Webster served in World War One with the 11th Hussars, became ill and was sent home to Scotland and advised to move to a warmer climate he chose Australia where he migrated to Newcastle with his familyStephen will be playing the pipes presented to his great-grandfather Cpl James Webster (son of Bill) while a POW of the infamous Changi prisoner of war camp in World War Two. Jim Webster was later awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community.
Pipe Bands Australia, the national organisation for pipe bands, is co-ordinating Australia’s participation in the international commemoration initiated by the College of Piping in Scotland.
Pipe Bands Australia president Chris Earl said: “The Centenary of the Armistice is a significant time in the history of Australia and pipe bands here and overseas.
“Our bands for more than a century have been part of commemorations on ANZAC Day and other significant anniversaries of both world wars and other conflicts.
“The Armistice in 1918 was the beginning of a new chapter for Australia and pipe bands. The Battle’s O’er honours the service of soldiers in World War One and continues our respect that has continued for a century while also committing to the future.”
Pipe Bands Australia has an interactive map pinpointing locations across Australia where the special act of remembrance will be performed on 11 November.
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Locations can still be registered at www.pipebandsaustralia.com.au