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Bill Millin passed away

23-08-2010

D day piper Bill Millin died on the 16th of August 2010 aged 88


Bill Millin was born on 14 July 1922. Millin is best remembered for playing the pipes whilst under fire during the D-Day landing in Normandy. Pipers had traditionally been used in battle by Scottish and Irish soldiers however the use of bagpipes was restricted to rear areas by the time of the Second World War by the British Army. Lovat, however, ignored these orders and ordered Millin, aged 21, to play. When Private Millin demurred, citing the regulations, he recalled later, Lord Lovat replied: ďAh, but thatís the English War Office. You and I are both Scottish, and that doesnít apply.Ē He played "Hielan' Laddie" and "The Road to the Isles" as his comrades fell around him on Sword Beach. Millin states that he talked to German gunners who claimed they didn't shoot him because they thought he was crazy. (from Wikipedia, for more info click here)


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